In between this Saturday reached new heights Russia, Ukraine And the West. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zhelensky In the midst of the Russo-Russian crisis, when Moscow demonstrated a new force with test fires of hypersonic missiles, it presented its country as a “shield of Europe” in the face of the threat of Russian invasion.
“For eight years, Ukraine has been a shield. For eight years, Ukraine has retained one of the largest forces in the world, concentrated on our borders, but not by the EU military. He called on his Western allies to end the “peace” policy with Moscow, which Kiev has accused.
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After two months of tension, the leaderNATO Jens Stoltenberg commented on the German channel ARD, “All indications are that Russia is planning a full-scale attack on Ukraine.”
“We all agree that the risk of an attack is very high,” Jens Stoltenberg said when NATO announced in the evening that it would transfer its personnel from Ukraine to Kiev, west of the country and Brussels.
French President Emmanuel Macron believed that Volodimir Zhelensky had promised the Russians that he “did not want to respond to provocations”, while armed incidents between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine were on the rise.
The separatists, who accuse Kiev of plotting to attack them, this Saturday declared a “mass mobilization” of militants in neighboring Russia after ordering the evacuation of civilians.
In addition, President Vladimir Putin personally oversaw the shooting of “hypersonic” missiles during this Saturday’s “strategic” exercises, the new weapons of which the Kremlin leader was previously “invincible” and capable of carrying atoms.
Vladimir Putin appeared during a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko via video conference with his generals coordinating the shooting. According to the Kremlin, these were carried out successfully and included Tu-95 bombings and submarines.
On Friday evening, US President Joe Biden said he was “determined” that Vladimir Putin had decided to invade Ukraine, and that the escalation of the conflict was “weekly” and aimed at creating “false justification” for launching attacks even in days. To come. “We are convinced that President Putin has made his decision,” US diplomat Anthony Blinken told the German daily Saturday. Suddeutsche Zeitung.
Reports of “propaganda and media hysteria” in support of Russia Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter: “We strongly oppose NATO expansion to the borders of this fraternal country.” Washington says it will open the door to dialogue and a meeting between Anthony Blingen and his Russian ally Sergei Lavrov is scheduled for February 24.
The Kremlin continues to deny any intention of attacking its pro-Western neighbor, Ukraine, which it wants to bring back to its sphere of influence. The extension of Moscow’s conditions on “guarantees” of its security, such as the withdrawal of NATO’s military infrastructure from Eastern Europe and the guarantee that Ukraine will never join the Atlantic Alliance, is unacceptable to the West.
The final meeting for peace?
From Munich, Volodymyr Zhelensky reaffirmed his desire for Kiev to join NATO, calling for a “clear and achievable” membership schedule. He also renews his plan to meet with Vladimir PutinAlready made in 2021 but it was still a dead letter.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for “unity” among Western allies, while US Vice President Kamala Harris has vowed to strengthen NATO in the event of a Russian offensive in Eastern Europe and “severe and effective” sanctions.
As a sign of growing concern, Berlin and Paris are calling this Saturday Their citizens must leave Ukraine. German airline Lufthansa and its Austrian subsidiary Austrian Airlines have announced that they will suspend flights to the Ukrainian cities of Kiev and Odessa from Monday to the end of the month.
Two dead soldiers, Kiev reports
On the front, in eastern Ukraine, the fighting has doubled. Kiev and pro-Moscow separatists have blamed each other for exacerbating the conflict, which has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014.
Kiev announced that two of its soldiers had been killed during the clashes. AFP reports that mortar shells fell from near Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastirsky and went to the front without any casualties.
Observers for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on Saturday that there had been a “dramatic increase” in ceasefire violations, with a total of 1,566 violations in 24 hours, a record this year. Andrei, a 26-year-old Ukrainian soldier, was placed near the front and said, “It’s still hot and hot.”
Evacuation from emergency areas
Moscow on Saturday, Ukrainian firing fell on the Russian border, near the Ukrainian border, causing no casualties. Information denied by Kiev. A state of emergency has been declared in Russia’s Rostov region along the border with Ukraine to deal with the influx of refugees from separatist areas.
Russian Emergency Situations Minister Alexander Suprian arrived in the area to oversee the evacuation. According to Russian agencies, the latter have begun to receive financial assistance of 10,000 rubles, he said.
According to the latest figures from separatists, more than 22,000 people have been deported to Russia, the lowest number in areas inhabited by millions. “We decided to go to the quiet grandmother (in Russia), we got our size in 2014, we do not want to wait until the last moment,” said Elena Sokela, a resident of the separatist “Republic” of Donetsk. She arrived on the Russian side with her son on Saturday morning.