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Russia and Ukraine at the beginning of the drumbeat of war | newsyel

Russia and Ukraine at the beginning of the drumbeat of war 

Russia and Ukraine at the beginning of the drumbeat of war | newsyel

Moscow accused Washington of launching a propaganda campaign against it by talking about "possible Russian aggression against Ukraine" in light of mounting US warnings that Russian forces may soon begin invading Ukrainian territory.

The United States had warned that Russia could invade Ukraine "any day from now" and called on its citizens in Ukraine to leave immediately.

On Friday, the White House said the invasion could begin with an aerial bombardment, making it difficult to leave and putting civilians at risk.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, that the United States and the European Union "ignored Russia's security demands."

Moscow has repeatedly denied any plans to invade Ukraine, despite massing more than 100,000 troops near the border.

Washington seeks to prevent Moscow

Creating a pretext to launch a surprise attack at any moment.

Washington says that "the Russian invasion of Ukraine may begin with air strikes."
Biden and his team.
Joe Biden rules out sending US troops to Ukraine if it comes under Russian attack.

The United States and Britain are calling on their citizens to leave Ukraine now
And the US State Department announced, in a statement, that its non-essential employees had received orders to leave the embassy. Consular services will be suspended from Sunday, but Washington will "retain a small consular presence" in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv "to deal with emergencies."

Meanwhile, Russia said it had decided to "rationalize" the number of its diplomatic staff in Ukraine. A foreign ministry spokeswoman cited fears of "provocations" by Kiev or other parties.

However, Britain's ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, tweeted from Ukraine and a core team based in Kiev.

CEO, Joe Biden, and French President Emmanuel Macron with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone.

Meanwhile, Moscow accused Western countries of creating terror.

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"Obviously we can't predict the future, we don't know exactly what will happen, but the risk is now high enough and the threat now is immediate enough that [leaving] is wise," he said.

Sullivan added that the administration does not know if Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a final decision to invade, but he said the Kremlin is looking for an excuse to justify military action, which he said could begin with a massive aerial bombardment.

His comments came as US officials warned of the increase in the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border over the past week, and the planned Russian military exercises in the Black Sea in the coming days.

US President Joe Biden said he would not send troops to rescue any stranded citizens in the event of a Russian action.

On Friday, the US president hosted a video call with transatlantic leaders in which they agreed to coordinated action to inflict dire economic consequences on Russia if it invaded Ukraine.

The United States also said that it is deploying 3,000 additional soldiers from the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina to Poland, and they are expected to arrive there next week. These forces will not fight in Ukraine, but will ensure the defense of US allies.

Negotiations failed

Intense talks in recent days have failed to make progress towards a solution to this crisis, which Westerners describe as the most serious since the end of the Cold War three decades ago.

And on Friday, the Kremlin said discussions that brought together Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France in Berlin Thursday, seeking a solution to the Ukraine crisis, did not lead to "any result."

Moscow, which annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014, denies preparing to invade Ukraine, but requires de-escalation with requirements, most notably ensuring that Kiev is not accepted into NATO, a request rejected by the Westerners.

As the specter of war hangs over Europe, the leaders of the old continent continue their diplomatic efforts. Following in Macron's footsteps, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will meet President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on Monday and Putin on Tuesday in Moscow.

But the talks, which took place Thursday in Berlin in the framework of the Normandy Mechanism, and brought together Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France, revealed the gulf separating Moscow on the one hand and the West and Ukraine on the other.

Sources close to the French and German negotiators told AFP that the discussions, which lasted for about ten hours, were "difficult."

Moscow insists that Kiev negotiate directly with the Russian-backed separatists who have been fighting the Ukrainian army since 2014 in the east of the country, in a conflict that has so far killed more than 14,000 people.

Ukraine categorically rejects this, saying that Moscow is the only interlocutor with close ties to the separatists. Despite this, Kiev confirmed Friday that "everyone is determined to achieve a result" and that talks will continue.

loose situation

In this context, US President Joe Biden urged his citizens Thursday to leave Ukraine immediately because "things could unravel very quickly." But the Ukrainian government, which has repeatedly dismissed Washington's concerns, was quick to downplay the significance of these statements.

"These statements do not stem from a radical change in the situation," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.

Biden reiterated that under no circumstances would he send troops to Ukraine, even to evacuate Americans in the event of a Russian invasion of the country.

Biden said in an interview with "NBC News" that it would be "a world war when the Americans and the Russians start shooting at each other. We are in a very different world" than it was before.

The United States has warned Russia that it will face harsh economic sanctions in the event of military aggression. But Moscow, which presents itself as the victim of an aggressive policy pursued by NATO, has so far ignored these threats.

Washington and European countries have announced sending thousands of soldiers to Eastern Europe.