Russia could launch military attack on Ukraine: Ukrainian envoy

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Russia is accumulating military power near Ukraine and can launch a attack on of the country, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasyl Bodnar said on Wednesday.

“We Ukrainians are in to favor of find a collective solution to security problem in the region. In particular, we asked for a meeting with the participation of Ukraine, permanent members of the UN, Turkey and Germany resolve the security situation in the region“, Bodnar said.

“It is important for us for ensure the defense of Ukraine,” he said, adding that Ukrainians are ready to defend their country.

Bodnar stressed that Ukraine does not want war with Russia and does not provoke it.

“I am sure that the stronger the Ukrainian army, the less it is probable that Russia attack. In this context, it is important to provide all kinds of military support to Ukraine,” he noted. “Russia is a menace for the safety of Europe, in in which case the best the answer is given by accepting Ukraine into NATO.”

Western countries on Tuesday punished Russia with new punishments for ordering troops in separatist regions of eastern Ukraine and threatened to go further if Moscow launched an out invasion of son next to.

The United States, the European Union, Canada and Great Britain announced plans to target banks and elites as Germany blocked major gas pipeline project of Russia, who saysonamassed more more than 150,000 soldiers near the borders of Ukraine. Moscow has denied planning a invasion.

A of the worst security crises in Europe in decades unfold as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered soldiers in Donetsk and Luhansk to “keep the peace”. Washington called it “nonsense.”

Satellite imagery over the past 24 hours shows many new troop and equipment deployments in western Russia and more over 100 vehicles at small aerodrome in southern Belarus, which borders Ukraine, according to the American company Maxar.

weeks of intense diplomacy have so far failed and on On Tuesday, the two American secretaries of State Antony Blinken and French foreigner minister Jean-Yves Le Drian cancels scheduled separate meetings with His Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

“To put it simply, Russia just announced that he sculpts out a big chunk of Ukraine,” US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday.

“It’s the beginning of a Russian invasion.”

From plans announced by Biden to strengthen Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania include sending 800 infantry soldiers and up to eight F-35 fighter jets for locations along NATO’s eastern flank, a US official said, but are a redistribution, not additions.

Putin did not watch Biden’s speech and said Russia first look at what the US described before responding, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov quoted by Russian news agencies.

Early on On Wednesday, Putin said he was always open to seeking diplomatic solutions but that “the interests of Russia and security of our fellow citizens are unconditional for us.”

Moscow is calling for security guarantees, including the promise that Ukraine will not join NATO, while the United States and its allies offer Putin the confidence…building and arms control steps to defuse the stand-off.

A meeting between Biden and Putin, brokered by France, “is certainly not in the plans” That much in time, the White House announced on Tuesday.

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