Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military assault on the country from three sides. According to CNN, before dawn, Russian forces attacked locations near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv with missiles and are using long-range weaponry against targets in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Zelenskyy urged the public to remain calm despite declaring martial law.

He said in a public address that the most important message was that Ukraine is united. We are looking into the future and we will overcome.

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A map of Ukraine showing its border with Russia. Credit: Getty / DigitalVision Vectors

It is difficult to ensure you are receiving the full breadth of information as Russian military forces and Russian-backed rebels strike targets across Ukraine. There is an ongoing joke that people on the internet can spread misinformation if they take on too confident a stance. Russia is a country that spreads misinformation to cause panic and confusion.

grifters on the internet rely on our basic trust to amplify their message, even if it is not true. On TikTok, for instance, some users are saying that they are livestreaming the Ukrainian invasion and asking for donations, but the videos they are posting are actually just shots of houses in the U.K. It is important to navigate this time with care.

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If you are following along with what the New York Times has called the most significant European war in almost 80 years, there are plenty of trustworthy experts to listen to so that you can understand what is happening in Ukraine. Here are some of our favorites.

Fact checking the Russian attack on Ukraine

Even if you think you are following reports from reliable sources, it is still important to fact check them yourself. There are some pointers on how to do that.

Live Blogs

The news coming out of Russia and Ukraine is put together by some news organizations. El Diario in Spanish or Le Monde in French are some of the trusted news organizations that are liveBlogging the war in other languages. We are following some English-language sites.

  • The news is from the British Broadcasting Corporation.

  • The paper of record, The Guardian.

  • The Independent of the city of Kyiv.

TV stations

If you want to see how different sources are covering the invasion at the same time, Matt Taylor of the Financial Times put together a screening room with streams of coverage from many different sources.

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Twitter accounts 

There are a few well-curated lists of journalists covering the invasion, and you can follow trustworthy news sources on the internet. If you want to follow individual journalists, here are a few we have been watching.

  • Kossov is a journalist.

  • Nick Beake is a correspondent for the News Europe.

  • Eleanor Beardsley is an NPR Paris correspondent.

  • The executive director of Bellingcat is Christo Grozev.

  • Tim Mak is an investigative correspondent for NPR.

  • Nic Robertson is reporting for CNN.

  • A journalist in Kyiv.

  • Nika Melkozerova is the executive editor.

  • Marichka Varenikova is a journalist.

  • A correspondent for EFE Noticias in Kyiv.

  • Rudenko is the chief editor of the Independent.

  • Katerina Sergatskova is the editor-in-chief of Zaborona Media.

  • A journalist in Kyiv is named Isobel Koshiw.

  • A journalist in Kyiv is Nataliya Gumenyuk.

  • A journalist in Ukranian.

  • Frank Langfitt is an NPR London correspondent.

  • A journalist in Kyiv is Nataliya Gumenyuk.

  • A Standford professor and former U.S. ambassador to Russia.

Regardless of how you get your news, staying up to date with the goings on in Europe is important.