Russia began to evacuate son personnel of all of its diplomatic facilities in Ukraine, TASS news the agency reported Wednesday, citing a representative of Russian Embassy in Kyiv.
Moscow has an embassy in Kyiv and consulates in Kharkiv, Odessa and Lviv. The TASS report indicates that the Embassy in Kyiv confirmed that evacuations have begun. An Associated Press photographer in Kyiv since the flag was no longer flying over the embassy building in Kyiv.
In one of the worst security crises in Europe in decades, the United States and its allies have sought to step up sanctions pressure on Russia on Wednesday over the deployment of troops in breakaway regions of Eastern Ukraine
On Wednesday, Ukraine urged its citizens to leave Russia and Europe prepared for new confrontation after the dramatic escalation of tensions when the Russian leader received authorization to use military force outside son country and the West responded with a raft of punishments.
hopes for a diplomat way out of a new potentially devastating war appeared almost sunk as the United States and key European allies accuse Moscow on Tuesday of cross a red line in rolling over The border of Ukraine in the separatist regions – with some call it a invasion.
The top US diplomat canceled a meeting with son Russian counterpart; Kyiv has recalled son ambassador and considered severing all diplomatic relations with Moscow; dozens of nations still squeezed oligarchs and Russian banks out of international markets; Germany has terminated a lucrative pipeline deal; and the United States repositioned additional troops on NATO’s eastern flank, on the border with Russia.
After weeks of to try project calm, the Ukrainian authorities expressed their growing concern on Wednesday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised against trip to Russia and recommended anyone leave immediately, claiming that Moscow’s “aggression” could considerably reduce consular services.
the head of The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, called for a state national of emergency – subject to parliamentary approval. Danilov said it would be up regional authorities to determine the measures to be applied, but they could include protection for public facilities, restrictions on traffic, and additional transport and document controls.
Already there menace of war has torn Ukraine apart economy and raised the specter of massive losses, power shortages across Europe and global economic mess.
Even as the conflict took a new, dangerous turn, the leaders warned that it could still get worse. Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet triggered force of the 150,000 massed soldiers on three sides of Ukraine, while US President Joe Biden held back on tougher penalties that could cause economic turmoil for Russia said it would continue if there were further aggression.
Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister on Wednesday called the European Union sanctions agreed a day before just “a first step” and said further measures could follow. The penalties are key because the west ruled out socket on Russia militarily.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged Western leaders not to wait.
“We call on partners to impose more punishments on Russia now,” he wrote. on Twitter on Wednesday. “Now the pressure must step up to stop Putin. hit son economy and friends. To hit more. To hit hard. Strike now.”
Responding defiantly to steps already taken, Russian Ambassador in in the United States, Anatoly Antonov, retorted that “sanctions cannot solve a thing” in A declaration on Facebook. “He is hard imagine that there is a person in Washington who expects Russia to review its foreign policy policy under the menace of limitations.”
The violence has also dope again in Eastern Ukraine, where an eight-year conflict between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces has left nearly 14,000 dead people. Ukrainian military says that one A Ukrainian soldier was killed and six more injured after rebel shelling. Separatist officials reported several explosions on their territory overnight and three civilian deaths.
Since last On Friday, when separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk regions announced mass evacuations to Russia, more more than 96,000 inhabitants of separatist areas crossed the Russian border.
After weeks of rising tensions, Putin took a series of steps this week which has raised the stakes considerably. First, he recognized the independence of these separatist regions. Then he said that the recognition extends even to large parts of territories now held by Ukrainian forces, including the main Sea of Azov port of Mariupol.
Finally he asked for and obtained permission from use military force outside the country – effectively formalizing a Russian military deployment in rebel areas.
Yet Putin suggested there was a way out of crisis, pose out three conditions: He called on Kyiv recognize the sovereignty of Russia over Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Moscow annexed to Ukraine in 2014, to give up son offers join NATO and partially demilitarize.
But it was not clear if there was place for diplomacy since Ukraine and the West had previously rejected the first two applications as non-runners.
The Russian leader remained vague whenon asked him if he had sent Russian troops to Ukraine and how far they could go, and the separatist leader in Donetsk Denis Pushilin said on Wednesday that there are currently no russian troops in the region.
Pushilin’s words contradict those of Vladislav Brig, member of the separatist local council in Donetsk, who told reporters on Tuesday that Russian troops had already moved in. Late Monday, convoys of armored vehicles were seen rolling through separatist-controlled territories. However, it was not immediately clear if they were Russian.