The tensions between Ukraine and Russia has started soaring since 24 February 2022 as Russia has announced military operations in Ukraine. The battle began escalating on 21 February 2022 after Russian President Vladimir Putin established independent regions in eastern Ukraine and deployed troops in a peacekeeping role.
President of U.S. Mr. Joe Biden is continuously warning Russia of serious consequences if Ukraine is invaded. Ukraine’s government offices and banks experienced cyberattacks, while the rebel groups are seeking Kremlin’s help.
The European Union has declared an emergency meeting on February 24 to hold Russia responsible for the intensifying conflict, which now jeopardises to turn into a full fledged war.
On Tuesday Russia announced that its recognition of independence for areas in eastern Ukraine extends to territory presently held by Ukrainian forces — further raising the stakes among Western fears that Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is close at hand.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov aforesaid that Russia has acknowledged the rebel regions’ independence “in borders that existed when they declared” their independence in 2014.Ukrainian forces later rescued control of large part of both regions during a nearly 8 year fight that has killed over 14,000 people.
The announcement comes a day after Russia said it would accredit the independence — but didn’t exactly declare about what it considered the borders of those regions to be. The move was widely visible in the West to presage a Russian invasion. Russia has assembled an estimated 150,000 troops near Ukraine in recent weeks, and Western bodies have warned Moscow planned to attack. Western leaders have criticised the move and said they are preparing to declare sanctions.
Later this Monday, collection of armored vehicles were seen rolling across the separatist-dominated territories. It wasn’t directly clear if they were Russian.
Russian officials haven’t yet accepted any troop deployments to the rebel east, but Vladislav Brig, a member of the separatist local council told reporters that the Russian troops already had moved in, taking up positions in the north and west regions.
Ever since the struggle erupted weeks after Russia’s 2014 incorporation of the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine and its Western associates have accused Moscow of backing the separatists with troops and weapons, the charges it has renounced, saying that Russians who fought in the east were volunteers. Mr. Putin’s move on Monday formalises Russia’s grasp on the regions and gives it a free hand to spread its forces there.
And Russia set the stage for a quick move to establish its hold on the regions on Tuesday with new governance that would allow the deployment of troops there. The bills, which are set promptly sail through both houses of Russian parliament, anticipate military ties, including possible implementation of Russian military bases in the separatist regions.
President of Ukraine Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyy chose to project calm, informing the country in a speech overnight that they won’t be afraid of anyone or anything. They don’t owe anyone anything. And that they will not give anything to anyone. His Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, would arrive in Washington on Tuesday to discuss with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the State Department said.
“The Kremlin accepted its own aggression against Ukraine,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Twitter, describing Moscow’s move as a “New Berlin Wall” and encouraging the West to quickly slap Russia with sanctions.
The White House responded promptly , issuing an executive order to forbid U.S. investment and trade in the separatist regions, and additional measures — likely sanctions — were to be declared on Tuesday. Those sanctions are independent of what Washington has prepared in the event of a Russian invasion, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity.Other Western allies also said they were planning to declare sanctions.
British PM Boris Johnson said Tuesday the U.K. will also introduce “immediate” economic sanctions against Russia, and alerted that Mr. Putin is inclined on “a full-scale invasion of Ukraine … that would be absolutely catastrophic.”
Mr. Johnson said that Mr. Putin had “entirely torn up international law” and British sanctions would victimize not just the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk but “Russian economic interests as hard as we can.”
Russo-Ukrainian War 2022: Main Events
- Russia proclaims military operations against Ukraine ‘to safeguard civilians in the eastern region’.
- S President warns Russia of serious consequence.
- NATO denounces Russia’s move.
- Ukraine declares emergency and shuts its airports.
- Numerous explosions heard close to the main airport in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
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