Nato’s Jens Stoltenberg is now speaking in Brussels and says the alliance has activated its defence plans, enabling it to deploy the Nato response force “to where they are needed.”
He says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a “brutal act of war.”
“This is a deliberate, cold-blooded and long-planned invasion,” Stoltenberg said.
“Russia is using force to try to rewrite history and deny Ukraine its free and independent path.”
Nato has already built up its forces in Europe’s east and put more on standby, in light of Russia’s military build-up ahead of today’s invasion.
He says Nato leaders will meet virtually on Friday.