Russia does not plan to send troops to eastern Ukraine”for now” but I will in Case of a “menace”, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Tuesday after Moscow parliament cooperation agreements ratified with The separatist republics of Ukraine.
Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko said the treaties include the provision of “military help” but added this “speculation” on troop deployments should be avoided.
“For the moment no one plans to send anything anywhere. If there is one menacewe will provide assistance in compliance with ratified treaties,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia military act as peacekeepers in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk on Monday evening, just hours after recognizing them as independent of Ukraine.
Gratitude opened the door for live russian military participation. Moscow did not provide any details or dates. for any deployment, with the order saying only that he “enters into force from the day it was signed.”
Russia has moved dozens of thousands of soldiers in the regions close to the borders of Ukraine, with the West fearing that Moscow use their for a attack at any moment.
Meanwhile, Kremlin-backed separatist leader Denis Pushilin said on On Tuesday, Moscow officially recognized the breakaway region of Donetsk within the wider boundaries of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine regionmany of controlled by Ukrainian forces. Speaking on Russian state television, Pushilin declared the matter of territory not controlled by the separatists would be resolved later.
“The border issue is not simple, it will be solved later,” he said.
Despite Russia’s announcementWestern leaders said on Tuesday that Russian troops have moved into rebel-held areas in Eastern Ukraine. For weeks, the Western powers have been preparing for a invasion as Russia massed about 150,000 troops on three sides of neighboring Ukraine. They warned a attack would like cause mass casualties, power shortages in Europe and the economic chaos in the world – and promised swift and severe sanctions if this materialized.
They have also warned that Moscow would watch for cover to invade – and just such a pretext may have come on Monday, with the gratitude of independence of the two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, where government troops have long battled Russian-backed rebels. The Kremlin then upped the ante further on Tuesday, saying recognition extended even to parts held by Ukrainian forces.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia has recognized the independence of the rebel regions “in borders that existed when they proclaimed “their independence in 2014 – vast territories that extend well beyond areas currently under rebel control and include the main Black Sea port of Mariupol.
Ukrainian forces then regained control of A large part of both regions early in the nearly eight-year separatist conflict that killed over 14,000 people.
The gratitude move opened the door for Putin formalizes son hold on regions and send in forces in spite of the fact that Ukraine and its Western allies have long instructed Russian troops to fight there for years. Moscow has denied these allegations.
Conviction of Russia moves of the whole world world was fast. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he would consider severing diplomatic ties with Russia and Kyiv has recalled son ambassador in Moscow.
But the confusion over what exactly was going on on the border threatened to hamper a Western response.
“The Russian troops entered in Donbass”, the name for the area where are the two separatist regions, foreigners from the European Union policy said chef Josep Borrell in Paris on Tuesday. “We see the Donbass as part of of Ukraine,” he said. added.
NATO announced an “extraordinary” meeting on Tuesday with The envoy of Ukraine. A statement from the alliance said NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg would inform media at 4 p.m. GMT after the talks with Ukraine non-NATO member.