The situation in Donbass, the moves of Kiev and those of Moscow: what is happening in Ukraine? All the latest updates. Kiev: we want to join NATO but some European countries are asking us not to. The Kremlin: new contacts with Paris
Tension remains high in the East, but negotiations between countries continue to avoid war. Macron weaves the diplomatic network after yesterday’s talks with the Russian and American president (here the story). During the day Le Drian talks to Lavrov. The Russian minister’s bilateral meeting with Blinken is scheduled for Thursday. The United States insists that an attack is imminent, but Kiev denies: There is no danger. Dragons expected in the Kremlin. Satellite images show new Russian troops at the border. One dead and one seriously injured among the Donbass militiamen.
9.40 am – Kremlin: premature Putin-Biden summit
The Kremlin calls the organization of a Biden-Putin summit on Ukraine premature. In the same moments in which the French minister for European affairs, Cle’ment Beaune, says in Brussels that France sees in the hoped-for summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin a diplomatic hope for the Ukrainian crisis.
9.30 – Minsk: the Russian withdrawal also depends on the withdrawal of the West
The withdrawal of Russian troops from Belarus also depends to a large extent on our Western colleagues who will in turn have to remove their forces. This was reported during a press briefing by the chief of staff of Minsk, General Viktor Gulevich. The forces and equipment deployed in the Eastern European region, including those near the Belarusian border, are one of the factors influencing the developments, Gulevich said, so the Republic of Belarus has the right to demand contingents from states United States and certain NATO member states to withdraw from the borders of Belarus and the State of the Union and that the withdrawal process is verified.
9.27 am – Moscow: New contacts between Russia and France
This was stated by the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov, taken up by the agency Interfax, confirming the latest phone call between Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron. The presidents continued to discuss the situation around Ukraine and stressed the need to continue the dialogue along the line of foreign policy ministries and political advisers.
09.10 – Kiev: EU sanctions against Russia immediately
Today we expect decisions, not just political messages. There is every reason to impose part of the sanctions right now. This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba arriving in Brussels for the Foreign Affairs Council.
09.04 – Macron-Johnson: crucial week
French President Macron and British Prime Minister Johnson had a telephone conversation on the evolution of the crisis in Ukraine. The week that has just started will play a key role in the diplomatic solution of the situation on the border between Ukraine and Russia. This was reported by a note from Downing Street.
09.02 – Lithuania: Moscow is occupying Belarus
The Russian army will remain in Belarus indefinitely, which means that we are witnessing the slow occupation of the country. This was stated by Gabrielius Landsbergis, the Lithuanian foreign minister, arriving at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels. This is a major change in the picture and has serious implications for the security of NATO and the countries of the region, including Poland.
08.57 – Kiev: We want NATO despite the pressure from European countries Ukraine wants and will try to join NATO even though some European countries are trying to dissuade it. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this in an interview with CBS. The foreign minister of Kiev specified that the United States is not trying to persuade Ukraine to abandon the idea of joining NATO.
08.40 Will Ukraine be swallowed or nibbled?
Swallow the Ukraine or nibble it: that’s how it puts it New York Times in an analysis devoted to the modalities of a hypothetical Russian attack, on whose danger the US continues to insist. Putin could decide a quick and frontal attack (the capital Kiev, 3 million inhabitants, is a three-hour drive from the northern border with Belarus, where 30,000 Russian soldiers remained after the end of the exercises). Or Moscow could opt for a slower advance. Of the two, the first seems to US analysts to be the more probable.
08.05 am – Mobilization of men in the Donbass
The head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Leonid Pasechnilk signed a decree on the voluntary mobilization of men over the age of 55. Older men over 55 can sign up voluntarily, the document reads.
07.56 – Kiev: 80 violations of the ceasefire
The Ukrainian army has accused pro-Russian separatists of carrying out 80 violations of the ceasefire in the past 24 hours. In a note it is explained that no victims were recorded
07.48 – Moscow, 61,000 Donbass refugees who have entered Russia
arrived at approx 61,000 the number of civilians on the run from the Ukrainian region of Donbass, which are sheltered in Russia, in the Rostov region, after the evacuation ordered on Friday by the leaders of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics of Lugansk and Donetsk. This was revealed this morning by the Russian minister for emergencies, Alexander Chupriyan in a press conference, quoted by the agency Tax
07.30 – The reports from the Donbass: a victim
The Donbass was the scene of new exchanges with the Ukrainian army, according to what the self-proclaimed pro-Russian republic of Donetsk said this morning, which, cited by the Russian agency Interfaxdenounces the death of one of his militiamen and the serious injury of two others.
07.10 – Moscow has a list of people to kill in Ukraine
According to the United States, Russia has created a list of Ukrainians to be killed or sent to camps. A list that he would be ready to abide by should Russian forces invade Ukraine. He writes it on Washington Post citing a letter sent by the United States to the UN human rights officer, Michelle Bachelet, in which targeted killings, enforced kidnappings / disappearances, unjust detentions and the use of torture are reported. The document signed by the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Sheba Crocker ‘.
7 am – THE POINT OF THE DAY
At the end of yet another frantic day on the Ukrainian front, the French president Macron had a second interview with Putin, closed with the hope of a truce and a US-Russia summit. From the United States there are new alarms for a Russian invasion of Ukraine which, according to intelligence, is now decided and imminent. So much so that Biden, while saying he is in principle in favor of meeting Putin, specifies that it will only be done if the invasion does not take place. According to the Ukrainian defense minister, however, there is no danger of an imminent attack. But the Tax clarifies that Kiev shoots near Donetsk.