Russia conducts naval exercises in the Black Sea as tensions with Ukraine rise
The Kremlin has said the US response to Russia’s demands that it says will improve security in Europe has left “little ground for optimism” in resolving tensions over Russia’s possible invasion of Ukraine.
However, Moscow spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that “there are always prospects for continuing the dialogue, it is in the interest of both us and the Americans.”
Peskov said that the Russian reaction would come soon.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US announcement could lead to “the beginning of a serious conversation on secondary issues”, but stressed that “the document does not contain a positive answer on the main issue”.
Kremlin officials will offer proposals to Putin, Lavrov concluded.
The incident comes at a time when tensions between Russia and Ukraine are simmering ahead of what the West says is a push for a possible takeover of more parts of Ukraine.
Russia has deployed tens of thousands of its troops along the Ukrainian border, even as President Vladimir Putin and his administration have stressed they have no such takeover plans.
Map Ukraine-Russia: Where could the invasion take place?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent more than 106,000 troops to the country’s border with Ukraine in a show of military might ahead of what international observers fear could be an invasion.
the independents Joe Sommerlad has two maps to explain the tense situation in Ukraine, the first showing its borders within continental Europe. The second details the location of their cities in relation to the buildup of Russian troops, tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery units, currently massing around the eastern front surrounding the Donbas region of Ukraine, where Donetsk and Luhansk are located.
Justin Vallejo28 January 2022 03:00
NATO statement urges Russia to withdraw troops
A statement by NATO’s secretary general on Thursday urged Russia to immediately de-escalate tensions in Europe with a decision to withdraw troops from internationally disputed areas in Crimea, Moldova and Georgia.
Jens Stoltenberg made the comments hours before President Joe Biden warned Ukraine’s president in a phone call that a Russian invasion was imminent and could end in the “looting” of Kiev, according to multiple news reports citing the president’s office. from Ukraine.
“Russia must refrain from adopting postures of coercive force, aggressive rhetoric and malign activities directed against allies and other nations,” Stoltentberg said.
“Russia must also withdraw its forces from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, where they are deployed without the consent of these countries, and all parties must engage constructively in efforts to resolve conflicts, including in the Normandy format,” he continued. .
John Bowden28 January 2022 02:00
Russia Increases Troop Levels Near Ukraine, Pentagon Says
A Pentagon spokesman said Thursday that Russian troop buildups near Ukraine, including in neighboring Belarus, which is aligned with Moscow, have continued to increase over the past 24 hours.
“We continue to see, even in the last 24 hours, a further buildup of credible fighting forces deployed by the Russians, again, in the western part of their country and in Belarus,” John Kirby said at his press conference.
The United States has not pledged military aid to Ukraine in the event of an invasion, but has put more than 8,000 troops on standby for deployment to Europe in case the security situation continues to “deteriorate,” Kirby said Thursday.
John Bowden28 January 2022 01:30
The rhetoric shows no signs of cooling down
Thursday ended with Russia and the US continuing their stance on the Ukraine issue, while the country’s government pleads for a cool head to prevail.
State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed that the US would take action to halt construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia invaded, while the White House has continued all week to promise more damaging sanctions against Russian officials.
Meanwhile, the Moscow Foreign Ministry continued to demand that Ukraine and other former members of the Soviet bloc be permanently excluded from NATO membership, which the United States is unwilling to do, and insisted that countries stop trying. to prepare for what many believe to be an imminent Russian incursion. at the door of NATO.
John Bowden28 January 2022 01:00
The White House rejects the characterization of the Zelensky call
A White House spokesman pushed back on the claim that President Joe Biden added new urgency to his warnings about Russian aggression Thursday during his call with Volodymyr Zelesnky, even though the Ukrainian president’s office confirmed details of the reports. of news about the call to journalists.
According to the White House, Biden reiterated that a Russian invasion was possible in February, as he has allegedly been warning for months. The spokesman did not address whether Biden had said Kiev could be “fired” or whether he had used the phrase “brace for impact.”
“This is not true. President Biden said there is a distinct possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February. He has said this publicly before and we have been warning about this for months. Reports of anything more or different than that are completely fake,” tweeted Emily Horne, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
This is not true. President Biden said there is a distinct possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February. He has previously said this publicly and we have been warning about this for months. Reports of anything more or different than that are completely false. https://t.co/chkFOhwWHn
—Emily Horne (@emilyhorne46) January 27, 2022
John Bowden28 January 2022 00:30
Ukraine disagrees with Biden’s assessment
BuzzFeed News reported Thursday that sources for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed Joe Biden’s dire warning to Zelesnky about an impending Russian invasion, but disagreed with his assessment of the situation.
Zelensky’s call with Biden on Thursday comes as the United States issued a new threat to end Russia’s efforts to build a natural gas pipeline to the European Union in the event of an invasion.
My sources in Zelensky’s office say this is relatively accurate to what Biden said. But Zelensky disagreed with the US assessment. Sources also told me this week that the US does not have a definite timetable for a Russian attack, and that the weather here right now is too hot. FWIW… 33F. https://t.co/Z173vbBlWm
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) January 27, 2022
John Bowden28 January 2022 00:00
The United States is asking China to convince Russia against the war, says the State Department
A senior State Department official said Thursday that the United States was urging Chinese officials to use their influence in Moscow to urge Russia’s government against war with Ukraine.
“We call on Beijing to use its influence with Moscow to push diplomacy, because if there is a conflict in Ukraine it will not be good for China either,” said Heather Nuland, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. “There will be a significant impact on the global economy. There will be a significant impact on the energy sphere.”
She made the comments Thursday at a State Department news conference.
John Bowden27 January 2022 23:30
Ukraine warns the West: There are no concessions without our contribution
Ukraine’s foreign minister warned on Tuesday that his country will not accept any demands imposed unilaterally by US, European or Russian negotiators and will instead insist on having a seat at the table when the fate of its territories is determined.
Volodymyr Zelensky’s government “will not allow anyone to impose any concessions on us,” its top foreign official told CNN.
“We pay a lot, including 15,000 lives of our citizens, to guarantee the right to decide our own future, our own destiny,” said Dmytro Kuleba.
John Bowden27 January 2022 22:56
Biden warned Ukraine’s president Kiev could be ‘fired’
President Joe Biden portrayed a Russian invasion as almost certain in a call with Ukraine’s president on Thursday, according to a senior Ukrainian official.
The anonymous official of the Ukrainian government he told CNN that Biden warned that Russian forces could occupy the Ukrainian capital, Kyev, which according to the US president could be “looted”.
Ukraine should “brace for impact” was Biden’s advice, according to the official, who said the US president reiterated that the US would not send much more aid to the country in the coming days and would not use troops. Americans to defend Ukraine. territory.
A readout of the call issued by the White House did not mention the president’s earlier prediction.
John Bowden27 January 2022 22:12
Kirby: 8,500 US troops ready to deploy to Europe
The Pentagon’s chief spokesman said Thursday that thousands of US troops were ready to deploy to Europe in the event of a Russian incursion, a move intended to reassure NATO allies in the region.
The troops are not intended to defend Ukraine, but to reinforce NATO’s defensive positions in Central and Eastern Europe in case Russia comes to the alliance members’ door.
Secretary Lloyd Austin’s decision “increases our willingness to provide forces if NATO activates the [NATO response force]Kirby said, adding that additional assets would be deployed to the region in the event of a “deteriorating security situation.”
“No decisions have been made to deploy US troops at this time,” Kirby warned reporters, adding that “no missions had yet been assigned” to the troops involved.
John Bowden27 January 2022 21:10
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