Kiev: Russia faced fierce global diplomatic and economic backlash yesterday after President Vladimir Putin ordered Ukraine to secure two secession areas. Germany has announced that it will suspend the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, saying that the European Union will adopt “strong and large-scale” economic sanctions.
The White House welcomed Germany’s decision on the pipeline and said it would later reveal its own measures. The UK has imposed sanctions on five Russian banks and thirty millionaires. Meanwhile, Kiev recalled the best diplomat from Moscow after President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of Putin’s perception of the secession area foretelling a “further military invasion” against Ukraine.
Putin’s move, with tens of thousands of Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border, was carried out in the wake of a full-scale aggression warning and was swiftly and widely condemned by Western Kiev allies. Estonian President Alar Karis has declared solidarity with Zelensky after jumping into Kiev. “Sure, it’s a decisive moment in European history. President Putin will answer future generations about his violent behavior,” he vowed.
The Kremlin’s orders require Russian troops to secure a separatist republic, but Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko argued that there were no cross-border troops yet. “For now, no one is planning to send anything anywhere. If there is a threat, we will provide support in accordance with the ratified treaty.”
In some capitals, is sending troops to areas already dominated by Russian-backed rebels equivalent to a total aggression that justifies imposing the strictest sanctions? There was a debate about what to do. Nevertheless, in a statement released during his visit to Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in cooperation with his friends in Kiev that he would “impose severe sanctions on the Russian Federation.”
In Moscow, Duma, the House of Commons of the Russian Parliament, resolved to approve Putin’s friendship agreement with the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR). This will legally cover Putin’s deployment of troops to rebel-controlled territories, but will not protect Moscow from the diplomatic consequences of his actions. Zelensky said shortly after the meeting with Charites, he would decide whether to break diplomatic relations with Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Kiev would be “a highly undesirable scenario that makes everything even more difficult.” Meanwhile, in the front-line town of Schastiya, shells rang around the power plant as horrific residents awaited Russia’s deployment. A shell struck the roof of a 59-year-old Valentyna Shmatkova apartment overnight, shattering all windows in her two-room apartment.
“We had a war in the basement,” she said, referring to the 2014 battle when the region left Ukraine. “But we didn’t expect this. I didn’t expect Ukraine and Russia to reach an agreement.” When asked what he thought of Putin’s decision to approve the republic, Schmatkova said. “I don’t know what’s going on. There’s no light or electricity!” He laughed.
Most Western officials have not yet described Putin’s move as an aggression, but U.S. officials say there are 150,000 powerful Russian troops ready to launch a full-scale attack. .. President Putin announced on Moscow’s Political Drama Day that he was aware of the territory that had escaped Kiev’s rule in 2014. President Putin spoke with Russians in a 65-minute speech from the Kremlin office after a dramatic video conference with top government, military and security officials.
Often in angry speeches, Putin accused Kiev of preparing a “blitzkrieg” to recapture the separatist region and opposed Ukraine as a failed state and a western “doll.” Putin said the move to admit them was a “long postponed decision.” He was then shown to sign a “friendship” agreement with rebel leaders that would allow for official deployment of Russian troops to “maintain peace” and sharing of military bases and border security. ..
Within hours, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting. There, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield described Putin’s calling the army a “peacekeeper” as “nonsense.” “We know what they really are,” said Thomas Greenfield, Putin’s speech aimed at “making an excuse for war.” “A series of ridiculous, false allegations.” Was equivalent to. Ukrainian troops said there were only nine ceasefire violations from midnight to 11:00 am, and yesterday the fighting seemed to ease overnight. There were 84 violations on Monday, killing two soldiers and injuring 18 others. – AFP
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