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Japan PM Kishida condemns Russia’s actions in Ukraine

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TOKYO — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday that Japan strongly condemns the one-sided actions of Russia, following reports that Russian forces had fired missiles at several Ukrainian cities.

Kishida said he has instructed the relevant Japanese authorities to do everything possible to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals in Ukraine.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin authorized what he called a special military operation in the east of Ukraine earlier on Thursday. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, Chang-Ran Kim, and Sakura Murakami; Editing by Tom Hogue)