Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered a ‘peacekeeping operation’ in The Ukrainian regions of Lugansk and Donetsk after recognizing the independence of the separatist regions, opening the way to provide them more military support – a direct challenge to the West which will fuel fears that Russia may imminently invade Ukraine.
The neat staging move announced in the Kremlin could lead for new punishments on Russia and the flies in the face of European efforts for a diplomatic solution to the escalating crisis, which has brought East-West relations to a new weak and threatened trade. Great Britain prime minister called it a “violation of international law.”
He came in the middle of a spike in skirmishes in eastern regions that Western powers believe Russia could use as a pretext for a attack on Western-looking democracy that defied Moscow’s attempts to snatch it back in son orbit.
Putin justified son decision in a wide-ranging pre-recorded speech accusing NATO for the current crisis and calling the US-led alliance a menace existential for Russia. Swipe through more one century of history, he painted today’s Ukraine as a modern construction inextricably linked to Russia. He accused Ukraine of inheriting historical lands from Russia and, after the Soviet collapse, of being used by the West to contain Russia.
“Modern Ukraine was created entirely by Soviet Russia, the Bolsheviks,” he said.
“We have every right to say that Vladimir Lenin was the creator and architect of Ukraine”, Putin also claims in political motivation history Classes of sorts.
President also stoned communists, leaders of Predecessor state of Russia.
“The Collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 in form of union of The Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) saw Russia steal and put in a very difficult situation; and it’s on consciousness of communists. I’m ready to show what true decommunization looks like like,” he said.
Putin also quoted the 18 century as saying “the area (now Crimea and the Ukrainian shores of the Black Sea) acquired from the Ottoman Empire was named ‘Novorossiya’ (New Russia),” he said.
He then turned back for more modern developments.
“Russia will do everything possible punish those involved in fire in Odessa in 2014,” he said.
Later onhe accused Ukraine of to be a “puppet state”.
“Ukraine is managed by foreign powers, it affects all levels of authorities. Ukraine is a protectorate with settlers at the helm,” he said.
“Ukraine is an American colony with a puppet regime. American Embassy in Kyiv controls anti Corruption vehicles in Ukraine.”
The Russian President also asserted that Ukraine had nuclear ambitions.
“Ukraine has Soviets know-how on nuclear weapons and plans to create his own,” he said.
Putin then continued his accusations against NATO and the United States
“American strategic planning documents describe well for preemptive strikes. And who is the main opponent of United States? All of us know it is Russia. the main Platform for strikes against Russia will be Ukraine,” he said.
“The United States and NATO shamelessly turned Ukraine into a theater of war, American drones constantly spy there on Russia, Ukraine’s membership in NATO is a menace direct for the security of Russia,” he said. also noted.
President also recalled that Russia had applied to become a member of NATO back in the day.
“In 2000, I asked former US President Bill Clinton on Russia possible admission to NATO. His reaction was very subdued,” he said.
“I ask the Federal Assembly of Russia to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, confident of support of Russian citizens for the decision“, he concluded.
Ukrainians shrugged off the move as meaningless, but it remains a blow to their country eight years after fighting broke out in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces.
After son speeches, Putin signed decrees in the Kremlin recognizing the independence of these regions and called on legislators to approve measures paving the way way for military support.
So far, Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of supporting the separatists, but Moscow has denied this, saying that the Russians who fought there were volunteers.
European leaders had urged Putin not to recognize the regions’ independence, and European Union foreigners policy leader threatened possible penalties if he did. Ukraine’s president called an emergency meeting of senior security officials.
According to the Kremlin, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron expressed their “disappointment with such as development” corn also “ready to continue contacts.”
At a previous meeting of Putin’s Security Council, a stream of senior Russian officials have argued for recognizing the independence of the separatist regions. AT one indicate, one slipped up and said he supported their inclusion in of Russian territory – but Putin quickly corrected it.
With approximately 150,000 massed Russian troops on three sides of Ukraine, the United States warned that Moscow had already decided to invade. However, the American and Russian presidents have tentatively agreed to a possible Meet in a last- giving up the effort to avoid war.
If Russia moves inthe meeting will be offbut the prospect of a face-for-face summit rekindled hopes that diplomacy could prevent a devastating conflict, which result in massive losses and enormous economic damage throughout Europe, which depends heavily on Russian energy.
Foreign European Union policy Chief Josep Borrell told a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels that “if there is recognition, I will impose sanctions on the table and the (EU) ministers will decide” if they agree to impose them.
Even as diplomatic efforts progressed forwardthe points potential flashes have multiplied. Sustained shelling continued on Monday in Eastern Ukraine. Unusually, Russia said it resisted off an “incursion” from Ukraine – which Ukrainian officials have denied. And Russia decided to extend military drills in Belarus, which could offer a staging ground for a attack on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
Earlier Monday, leaders of separatist regions issued televised statements pleading with Putin to recognize them and sign treaties that allow for military help to protect them from what they described as an ongoing Ukrainian crisis military offensive. The bottom of Russia house of parliament made the same plea last week.
The Ukrainian authorities deny having launched a offensive and accuses Russia of provocation.
by Putin announcement breaks a peace agreement signed in 2015 in Minsk forcing the Ukrainian authorities to offer a wide auto-rule to the rebel regions, which marked a major diplomatic blow for Moscow.
The deal was poorly received by many in Ukraine who saw it as a surrender, a blow to the integrity of the country and a betrayal of national interests. Putin and other officials said on Monday that Ukrainian authorities had shown no appetite for implement it.
With the prospect of impending war, French President Emmanuel Macron hastened to broker a meeting between US President Joe Biden and Putin, who he denies plans for attack Ukraine.
Russia says he wants western guarantees that NATO won’t allow Ukraine and others former Soviet countries for join as members – and Putin said on Monday that a mere moratorium on Ukraine’s membership would not be enough. Moscow has also asked the alliance to stop the deployment of weapons in Ukraine and to roll back its forces from Eastern Europe – demands flatly rejected by the West.
by Macron office said the two leaders had “agreed in principle of such a summit”, which will be followed by a broader meeting which would include other “relevant stakeholders to discuss security and strategic stability in Europe.”
the language of Moscow and Washington was more cautious, but no longer side refused a meeting is under discussion.
During the Kremlin meeting, several senior officials spoke skeptically of a possible summit, claiming that he was little probable that it produces results.
we national Security adviser Jake Sullivan, meanwhile, said the administration had always been willing to talk to avert a war — but was also ready to answer any attack.
“So when President Macron asked President Biden yesterday if he was ready in principle to be respected with President Putin, if Russia did not invade, of Of course President Biden said yes,” he told NBC’s “Today.” show on Monday. “But every indication we see on the ground right now in terms of the disposition of The Russian forces is that they are, in get ready for an important attack on Ukraine.”
Since Thursday, shelling has increased along the tense line of contact that separates Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels in The industrial heart of eastern Ukraine of Donbass. Over 14,000 people have been killed since the conflict broke out there in 2014, shortly after Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
Ukraine and separatist rebels traded wrongs for massive stop-fire offenses with hundreds of explosions recorded daily.
While Russian-backed separatists have accused Ukrainian forces of being firing on residential areas, Associated Press (AP) reporters covering several towns and villages in Territory held by Ukraine along the line of contact have not witnessed a noticeable escalation by Ukrainians side and have documented signs of the intensification of the bombardments by the separatists who destroyed homes and torn up roads.
Some residents of the main held by rebels city of Donetsk described sporadic shelling by Ukrainian forces, but they added that it was not on the same scale as before in the dispute.
Separatist authorities said on Monday that at least four civilians had been killed by Ukrainian shelling over the past 24 hours and several others were injured. Ukraine military said two Ukrainians soldiers were killed over weekend, and another soldier was injured on Monday.
Ukrainian military spokesman Pavlo Kovalchyuk insisted that Ukrainian forces were not returning fire.
In the village of Novognativka on ukraine government-controlled side60-year-old Ekaterina Evseeva, said that the shelling was worse than at the height of fight early in the dispute.
“We are on the edge of nervous breakdowns. And there’s nowhere to run”, she says, son voice trembling.
In another disturbing Russian sign military said to have killed five alleged “saboteurs” who crossed from Ukraine to Rostov in Russia region and also destroyed two armored vehicles and took a Ukrainian soldier prisoner. Ukrainian border guard spokesman Andriy Demchenko called the claim “disinformation”.
In the middle of the exacerbated invasion fears, the US administration sent a letter to the UN human rights chief claiming that Moscow had compiled a list of Ukrainians to kill or send detention camps after invasion. The letter, first reported by the New York Times, was obtained by the AP.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the claim was a lie and not list exist.