Kiev says it is confident and ready to defend itself after Moscow’s decision to recognize the independence of the divided republics of Donetsk and Lukansk and send troops to the Donbass with the aim of “ensuring peace.” While the Lugansk parliament unanimously approves the deal with Moscow, Ukraine promises that its borders will not change because not a single piece of the country will be sold: ‘We will incur losses, but we will win’, the defense minister told the soldiers. . Kiev condemns the killing of two of its soldiers in the bombing, but also speaks of Lukansk violating the ceasefire on the Ukrainian side. According to Moscow, Ukrainian authorities have deployed 120,000 soldiers in the queue. UN
12.15 According to what is known, the embargo on imports and exports from Ukrainian separatist companies was added to the first set of sanctions imposed by EU ambassadors, blacklisted in the same way as it was done before Crimea. And organizations among the commanders of the Russian “peacekeeping” forces and leaders of separatist republics (politicians, military, economic operators, exposers of misinformation) and other individuals. The green light – which is not currently the norm, but in principle – is about not recognizing Russian passports issued to citizens of both companies.
12.10 Germany suspends approval for North Stream 2 gas pipeline, President Olaf Scholes has announced.
12.03 Russia recognizes separatist Ukrainian republics within current limits. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the announcement, according to Interfox News.
11.40 The House of Commons (Duma) approves the Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance signed between the Kremlin and the two separatist republics of Ukraine.
11.12 “I am in constant touch with allies to find a peaceful solution to the crisis and to avoid a war in the heart of Europe. The path of dialogue is essential, but we are already defining actions and sanctions against Russia in the EU.” Thus Prime Minister Mario Draghi spoke at the beginning of his speech at the inauguration of Franco Frattini in the State Council on the crisis in Ukraine.
11.09 “First of all I would like to express my strong condemnation of the decision of the Russian government to recognize the two separatist territories of Donbass. This is an unacceptable violation of the democratic sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” Thus Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the beginning of his speech at the inauguration ceremony of Franco Frattini in the State Council.
10.26 About 90,000 residents of the self-proclaimed republics of Lukansk and Donetsk have entered the Rostov region of Russia, while others are on their way: the Rostov regional office of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said. Interfax reports it.
9.43 The “first round of British sanctions against Russia” will be announced today. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that Vladimir Putin is committed to a “full-scale invasion of Ukraine.” The international media has reported this.
9.35 The Parliament of the Lukansk People’s Republic today approved the Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance with Russia: This was reported by the Russian correspondent Tassin, who attended the session. The approval was unanimously approved by 46 legislators out of 46 who attended the special meeting. The first reading immediately came to the second and last reading.
9.29 “We are confident and at peace. We are ready to defend ourselves and our sovereignty.” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksi Resnikov writes on Twitter following Moscow’s decision to recognize Donbass’ independence. An act by the Kremlin recognizing its aggression against Ukraine.
9.02 “This afternoon we will accept the first sanctions against Moscow”. This was stated by Joseph Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, who is in Paris for the Indo-Pacific Cooperation Forum. Borrell announced that “an informal foreign council will be convened after this forum”, adding that member states are committed to a “consensus vote”. Meanwhile, a meeting of the ambassadors of the 27 member states will begin at 9.30 in Brussels, and after Moscow recognizes the separation of Donetsk and Lukansk, documents on sanctions will be on the table.
8.35 Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 12 wounded in a bomb blast last night: a joint operation by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense announced in a statement issued this morning. The Guardian reports. The document states that Ukraine has recorded 84 ceasefire violations by Russian-backed forces in the past 24 hours, 64 of which were banned by the Minsk Accords.
7.19 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is set to meet with US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops to two Ukrainian separatist territories: Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “Even in the most difficult moments … we say: we are ready to negotiate,” Zakarova said in a statement aired on Youtube. As you know, the meeting between Blingen and Lavrov is scheduled for Thursday in Geneva.
3.11 “The next few hours and days will be crucial. The risk of a major conflict must be real and prevented at all costs.” UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarro promised at an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Ukraine that “the Secretary-General will make a full commitment to work for a diplomatic solution to the current crisis.” “We regret the order to deploy Russian troops in eastern Ukraine, as reported in the” Peacekeeping Mission “, he added.
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