Prince Harry, Meghan Markle stands with the people of Ukraine


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle voiced their support for Ukraine after Russia launched a large-scale invasion.

"Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine."

"Against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same."

Read a statement posted on the website for the couple's nonprofit organization Thursday evening.

Harry, 37, and Markle, 40, are the only members of the British royal family who have spoken out against the war so far.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of a "special military operation" in Ukraine early Thursday morning, escalating a conflict to 2014.

Within minutes of Putin's video declaration, missiles struck the capital of Kyiv.

As Russian ground forces entered the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky enacted martial law and severed diplomatic ties.

US President Biden, meanwhile, announced "strong sanctions" on Russia while speaking at the White House.

Biden said: "Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war. Moreover, now he and his country will bear the consequences."  

"Impose severe costs on the Russian economy, both immediately and over time."

Zelensky, who stood in his capital, said that at least 137 "heroes," including 10 military officers, have been killed, injuring 300.

Ukrainian officials claimed hundreds of Russian forces have also died, but Putin's side has not released casualty figures.

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