The conflict on the border between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate. Now Ukrainian soldiers are said to have been killed again.
- Ukraine conflict*: The situation is coming to a head dramatically. An invasion is imminent.
- Vladimir Putin* recognized the independence of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
- Two Ukrainian soldiers were apparently killed by a separatist fire (see first report).
- This News ticker on the Ukraine crisis is continuously updated. All information about the conflict can be found here here.
Updated February 22, 10:29 am: The “People’s Republics” in eastern Ukraine, now recognized by Moscow, have sealed closer cooperation with Russia. The parliaments of Donetsk and Luhansk regions approved a “friendship and assistance” treaty in separate sessions on Tuesday. TV pictures showed the separatist representatives after the decision with a standing ovation.
After recognizing the territories, Ukraine is demanding strict sanctions against Moscow. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday he was “working intensively with Western allies to ensure tough sanctions” were imposed on Russia.
Update from February 22, 10:11 am: According to its own statements, Russia has taken in thousands of refugees from the “People’s Republics” in eastern Ukraine that have now been recognized by Moscow. “Over the past 24 hours, more than 20,000 citizens evacuated from the territory of the Donbass republics have crossed the border through checkpoints,” the domestic intelligence service FSB said.
According to the secret service, which is also responsible for border protection, more than 11,000 refugees have been taken to other regions of Russia. According to Russian information, more than 90,000 people had already left the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk on Tuesday.
Against major international protests, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk as sovereign countries on Monday. They are in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia. He also ordered the deployment of Russian soldiers by decree.
Ukraine conflict: US advisers surprised – borders apparently redrawn
Update from February 22, 9.45 a.m: The US and the West have been warning for weeks that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would result in “massive” sanctions. A senior US official has now expressed a surprisingly different opinion. The official, who was not named, said the current developments surrounding the recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk separatist regions are “not a new step”. The portal reports axios.
In addition, there are first reports of new demarcations. The “People’s Republics” are apparently to be recognized within the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This emerges from a report distributed by the Russian news agency “Ria”. The new borders should therefore cover an area that is significantly larger than the actual separatist areas. The city of Mariupol, which has a population of 450,000, is also to be integrated.
Ukraine-Russia-News: Soldiers killed by separatist fire – report of several injured
First report from February 22nd: Kiev – The conflict on the border between Ukraine and Russia threatens to escalate further. First, Putin recognized the Luhansk and Donetsk regions occupied by pro-Russian separatists, then he announced that he would send troops to those same eastern Ukrainian regions. Now comes the next dramatic news.
As is now reported with reference to the Ukrainian military, there are said to be more fatalities in the disputed areas. Accordingly, it was reported that two Ukrainian soldiers were killed by separatist fire. Another twelve people were injured, according to the announcement. The separatists are said to have fired on a total of around 40 settlements, with 84 fires.
Ukraine-Russia conflict: Tensions escalated massively on Monday
The Russia-Ukraine conflict* escalated further on Monday evening. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops to be sent to embattled eastern Ukraine. The units are supposed to ensure “peace” in the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk. This is what the decree says, which the head of the Kremlin signed in Moscow on Monday evening. In a historic televised speech, the Russian President made harsh accusations against the West and Ukraine.
At the same time, Putin* recognized the two regions of Luhansk and Donetsk controlled by pro-Russian separatists, which are part of Ukraine under international law, as independent states. It was initially unclear when the Russian soldiers would move in there. However, there are already initial reports of sightings of Russian military vehicles in the areas. The West will probably react to the latest developments with sanctions. The Ukraine conflict has escalated. (as/han) *Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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