Ukrainian military on Tuesday says two soldiers were killed and 18 injured in bombings by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hoursthe most victims this yearas a ceasefirefire offenses increase.
the military noted on her Facebook page she had registered 84 cases of shelling by separatists who he said had opened fire on about 40 settlements along the front line using heavy artillery, in infringe of to cease-fire The agreements.
“Three violations by the Russian military were recorded during the past day two of which with the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. Russian occupation forces fire on Shchastia city with automatic grenade launchers. Twice Mariupol – from 122mm caliber artillery, to 120mm caliber mortars,” the statement said.
Ukraine accused Russia of provoking violence, claiming that Moscow had used it as a pretext to officially recognize eastern Ukraine as independent and move his troops in the region precipitating a crisis that the West fears could trigger a major war.
Meanwhile, the separatists accused the Ukrainians side of The bombardment. The Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR) said it recorded 65 shellings by the armed forces, which damaged 14 houses in territory not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. The Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) claimed that there was a series of bombing on Tuesday morning in Donetsk and Mariupol. This also reported civilian casualties.
Above past a few days, the security situation in eastern Ukraine has deteriorated considerably. Leaders of DNR and LNR announced evacuation of their residents in Russia on the afternoon of February 18. They attributed this to rising tensions in the region. Militant leaders also announced a general mobilization.
In a long televised address on Packed Monday with grievances against the West, a visibly angry Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has declared eastern Ukraine to be ancient Russian land.
Putin plunged into history as far back like the Ottoman Empire and expressed frustration that Russia’s demands for write of Europe’s security agreements have been repeatedly rejected.
“I consider it necessary to make a decision this should have been made a long time ago – to immediately recognize independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk (Luhansk) People’s Republic,” Putin said.
Russian-backed separatists in The Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk separated from Ukraine government control in 2014 and proclaimed themselves independent “people of the republics.” Russia should ratify its friendship treaties with the two breakaway regions before they can discuss issues like exact borders of territories, RIA news the agency reported, citing the Foreign Ministry. Russia parliament should review friendship treaties on Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who received a call of US President Joe Biden to express his solidarity on On Monday, Russia accused of wrecking peace talks and governed out territorial concessions.
The clashes came a day after Putin’s announcement which drew international condemnation and immediate American sanctions, with Biden signs an executive order to stop the United States business activity in breakaway regions. France and Germany also agreed to answer with sanctions, and Britain and the United States have said they will announce new measures on Tuesday.
“The United States will impose sanctions on Russia for this clear violation of international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters after an emergency meeting of the security council late on Monday. “We can, want and must remain united in our calls for Russia withdraws its forces, returns to the diplomatic table and work towards peace.”
Britain said it had drawn up sanctions to target accomplices in the offense of territorial integrity of Ukraine, and these measures would enter into force force on Tuesday.
China called for all parties to exercise restraint as Japan expressed its readiness to join international punishments on Moscow in the event of a full-climb invasion.
Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has warned Western powers to “think twiceand not make the situation worse.
Growing fears of a great war in Europe pushed oil prices to sevenyear high on Tuesday, as safe-haven currencies like the yen has recovered and global stocks fell. The ruble extended his losses while Putin spoke, at one sliding point above 80 per US dollar.