With Russia deploying its armed forces and the United States’ promises of sanctions, the Ukraine conflict entered a dangerous new chapter on Tuesday as the path to a diplomatic solution rapidly narrowed. .
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has not bothered about what lies ahead, calling Ukraine more than just a “puppet” of the United States, and Kyiv’s leaders fully responsible for anything “dumps”. blood” may occur next. Mr. Putin has also raised the specter of fighting after sending troops to two breakaway regions of Ukraine that Russia has just recognized.
“To those arrested and holding power in Kyiv,” he said, referring to the Ukrainian capital, “we ask them to immediately stop their military actions.”
Ukraine’s leaders have been bracing for the possibility of a ferocious fight to defend their territory, delivering a bleak message to the military on Tuesday. Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said: “Ahead will be a difficult test. “There will be losses. You will have to go through the pain and overcome the fear and despair.”
White House officials say President Biden will impose economic sanctions on breakaway regions of Ukraine, and a further Western response will be announced on Tuesday. At the time, several Biden aides said they had expected Russian forces to cross the border into Ukraine, crossing the line Biden had set to impose sanctions “quickly and quickly.” strict” towards Moscow.
In recent weeks, between 150,000-190,000 Russian troops, according to Western estimates, have been slowly nodding around their neighbour, and the United States has repeatedly warned that the question of an invasion by Russia has been raised. Russia is not if but when.
Video clips of military convoys moving through separatist territories went viral on social media on Tuesday, but there was no immediate official confirmation that these were Russian troops and not Russian troops. Russian-backed separatist forces.
On the Ukrainian side, similar unconfirmed reports on social media show that the Ukrainian Army is moving heavy weapons, such as self-propelled artillery and tanks, towards the front lines of the separatists.
The United States and its allies were quick to condemn Russia’s actions on Monday by recognizing the breakaway regions, the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics created after Russia incited the separatist war. opened in eastern Ukraine in 2014.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Twitter that “Russia’s move to recognize the ‘independence’ of the so-called republics controlled by their own proxies is a shameful, predictable act,” he said. added that he told Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, that the United States condemns these actions under “the strongest possible terms.”
At an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council late on Monday, several countries criticized Russia, saying the move was a violation of the UN Charter and an attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty. . Although the meeting ended with no action being taken, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said that council members had “sent a unified message – that Russia should not force the beginning of the war”.
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, in a televised statement on Monday, called on Ukraine’s allies to act immediately and urged the Ukrainian people to remain calm.
“We are on our own land,” he said. “We’re not afraid of anything or anyone.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Reznikov, the defense minister, reiterated the country’s posture, saying that the Kremlin does not recognize the two breakaway regions, but “their own aggression against” Ukraine.
“We are ready and able to defend ourselves and our sovereignty,” he said on Twitter. “The world cannot be silent. Punishment? Another brick in the wall? New Berlin Wall? ”
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