NATO leader calls Russian attack 'brutal act of war

Biden, G-7 leaders to meet; NATO chief calls Russian attack 'brutal act of war'

International condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin's pre-dawn attack against Ukraine

 Western allies prepared to impose punishing sanctions against Moscow for a stunning full-scale invasion that global leaders had been warning about for weeks. 

The attack threatened to create global upheaval and escalate into the largest military conflict on European soil since the end of World War II.

"This is a brutal act of war," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

Explosions were heard in major cities, including the capital of Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa

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