Ukrainian Defense Ministry records 122 violations by Russian forces
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense It says it recorded 122 violations by Russian forces on Saturday, including 108 violations of weapons prohibited under the Minsk agreements. she says Two soldiers were killed.
according to statment The ministry, which was released late on Saturday night, said that artillery fire was fired from settlements, and landed near residential buildings.
By doing so, the enemy is trying to force units of the armed forces Ukraine To open fire in response, in order to further accuse the Ukrainian defenders of bombing civilians.”
According to the ministry, two Ukrainian soldiers died of wounds sustained in the bombing, while four other soldiers were wounded and are currently receiving treatment.
The force added that it will not open fire on civilian infrastructure and will continue to abide by the rules of international humanitarian law.
The Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been at the center of hostilities in recent days, although the region has been fraught with conflict since 2014 with skirmishes continuing between Russia-backed rebels seeking autonomy and Ukrainians.
The two regions are run by separatist governments widely seen as Russia’s proxy states within Ukraine.
In case you missed this statment From Council of the European Union The body, released late last night, commended Ukraine’s “restraint stance” in the face of “continued provocations and efforts to destabilize”.
Josep Borrell, High Representative for the European Union, said:
European Union urges Russia Appeasement through a significant withdrawal of military forces from the areas adjacent to the borders of Ukraine.
Borrell said the escalation now had “aggravated the ceasefire violations” in the eastern region Ukraine He condemned in recent days the use of heavy weapons and the bombing of civilian areas, which “constitute a clear violation of the Minsk Conventions and international humanitarian law.”
We commend Ukraine’s restrained stance in the face of continued provocations and destabilization efforts.
The European Union is seriously concerned that the events organized, as noted recently, could be used as a pretext for a possible military escalation.
Zelensky calls for sanctions against Russia now, not later
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky He made an emphatic remark to the West from the Munich Security Conference, saying that sanctions against Russia should be made public before, not after, a possible invasion. Ukraine Happen or occur.
The security architecture of our world is fragile, it is outdated… Action is required. This is not about war in UkraineThis is about the war in Europe.
lately Interview With CNN’s Christian Amanpour, the president said:
Even the question of making it public, preventably, just a list of sanctions on them, for us and for what would happen if they started a war, even that question doesn’t have support.
We don’t need your sanctions after the bombing and after the shooting of our country or after we have no borders or after there is no economy or the occupation of part of our country… Why do we need those sanctions then? “
Johnson says Russia is planning “the biggest war in Europe since 1945”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson He said the evidence indicates that Russia is planning “the biggest war in Europe since 1945” in an interview with BBC From the Munich Security Conference.
The prime minister said US President Joe Biden had told Western leaders that intelligence indicated that Russian forces were planning an invasion that would encircle the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
According to Johnson, the Russian forces were not only planning to enter Ukraine From the east through the Donbass but down from Belarus and the area around Kiv.
All indications are that the plan has in some ways already begun.
People need to understand the high cost of human life.
I’m afraid to say that the plan we’re seeing is about something that could really be the biggest war in it Europe Since 1945 only in sheer size.”
Johnson added that people not only need to think about the potential loss of Ukrainian lives, but also “young Russians”.
Welcome to our live coverage of Ukraine calamity. I’m Samantha Lock and I will give you all the latest developments.
Tensions continued to rise overnight after world leaders met at the Munich Security Conference Russia To consider diplomacy and the withdrawal of troops from the borders of Ukraine.
Here are the main events that you may have missed overnight.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for Sanctions on Russia To be announced before rather than after a possible invasion of Ukraine.
- Zelensky He continued to stress that Ukraine would not respond to any provocations from Russia.
- The European Council He called on Russia for de-escalation and withdrawal of military forces, while praising Ukraine’s “restraint position in the face of persistent provocations and efforts to destabilize.”
- Josep BorrellThe High Representative, on behalf of the European Union, said there were “no grounds for the allegations” coming from the Russian-backed Donetsk and Luhansk regions about a possible Ukrainian attack.
- Explosions were heard overnight in the center of the separatist-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to multiple reports.
- US State Department spokesperson Ned Price He says more evidence of Russian disinformation is being used for false operations aimed at discrediting the Ukrainian government.
- our president Joe Biden’Confidence about Russian military action came from American Intel About an order given to Russian subordinates to initiate a full-scale attack, according to senior administration officials according to the Washington Post.
- British Foreign Minister les truss At the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that Ukraine Facing a “worst case scenario” of a Russian invasion as soon as next week, Europe has faced one of the most dangerous security situations since the early 20th century.
- Speaking in Munich, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky call him Russian President Vladimir Putin To meet him to find a solution to the dispute. “I don’t know what the president of the Russian Federation wants, so I suggest holding a meeting,” he said.
- NATO It has relocated employees from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, to Lviv and Brussels, according to multiple reports.
- Joe Biden The White House announced that the National Security Council will convene on Sunday to discuss developments in the situation in Ukraine.
- A joint statement of G7 foreign ministers urged diplomacy but warned they would “Judge Russia by its actions.”
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