Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow was ready to watch for ‘diplomatic solutions’ amid raging tensions with west over Ukraine, but stressed that the interests of the country were not negotiable.
“Our country is always open for direct and honest dialogue, for the research for diplomatic solutions to the most complex problems”, Putin said in a video address to mark the Defender of Fatherland Day, a public holiday in Russia.
But he added: “The interests of Russia, security of our fellow citizens, are not negotiable for us.”
Putin spoke after parliament’supper housethe Federation Council, on On Tuesday, he unanimously approved the deployment of “blue helmets” in two separatist Ukrainian regions now recognized by Moscow as independent, and potentially in other regions. of Ukraine.
In the video speech, Putin praised the country men and said he was sure of “professionalism” of the Russian military and they will stand up for that of the country national interests. He praised the battle-preperation of the Russian army and declared that the country would continue to develop the state-of-the-art weapons.
“We will continue to develop advanced weapon systems, including hypersonic and those based on on new physical principles, and expand the use of Advanced digital technologies and elements of artificial intelligence”, the strong man of the Kremlin added. “Such complexes are truly the weapons of the futurewhich greatly increases the combat potential of our armed forces. »
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned Russia for climbing in the conflict in Ukraine and called for compliance with international law.
“When the troops of one country enter the territory of another country without son consent, they are not impartial peacekeepers, they are not peacekeepers at all,” said António Guterres. in new York on Tuesday, in rare open reviews of a UN veto power.
Description of Moscow of military support for Rebel-held regions of Ukraine of Donetsk and Luhansk is a “perversion of the concept of maintain the peace.”
Furthermore, António Guterres does not consider the events in eastern Ukraine as genocide, contrary to what Putin said.
“Genocide is a crime it’s clearly defined…I don’t think that’s the case (here),” the UN chief said.
Guterres called for an immediate stop-fire in Eastern Ukraine. “The principles of the Charter of the United Nations are not an à la carte menu,” he said. The crisis is one of the largest global peace and security crises in in recent years and test for all international system.
Ukrainian military noted on Wednesday one soldier had been killed and six wounded in bombings by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours like ceasefire offenses remain at high level.
the military noted on his Facebook page, he had recorded 96 incidents of shelling by separatists over the past 24 hours compared with with 84 a day earlier. He said the separatist forces were using heavy artillery, mortars and Grad rocket systems.
Ukraine accused Russia of provoking violence, claiming that she 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.
Western officials have been warning for weeks that the Russian leader is preparing an all-out invasion of Ukraine. On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden announced difficult new punishments against Russia for “begin” a invasion of Ukraine, but said there was still time to avoid war.