” I am here today not to start a war, but to prevent one. »
Mr. Blinken made the statement before the Security Council in New York, adding that on Thursday he proposed to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to meet
next week in Europe.
I have no doubt that the response to my statements here today will be further denials from the Russian governmentsaid Antony Blinken.
The Russian government can announce today than
Russia is not going to invade Ukraine, say it clearly, tell it fully to the whole world, and then demonstrate it by sending its soldiers, its tanks, its planes, back to their barracks and hangars, and sending its diplomats to the table negotiationshe hammered.
In the days that will follow, the world will remember this commitment, or the refusal to do the same.
Our information clearly shows that Russian forces on the Ukrainian borders,
including ground forces and aircraft, are preparing to launch an attack on Ukraine in the coming dayssaid the Secretary of State.
He described the scenario that American intelligence expects, and
unfolding now, today, as Russia moves towards war and renews its threat of military action.
NATO warns of a
The US defense minister and NATO earlier Thursday in Brussels warned of a provocation by Moscow to justify military intervention in Ukraine after reports
disturbing on mutual accusations of shelling between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists.
We have seen the reports of the bombings and it is certainly disturbing. We are still working out the details. We’ve been saying for some time that the Russians might do something like this to justify a military-style conflictUS Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said following a meeting with his Alliance counterparts at NATO headquarters. NATO.
We will be alert to those operations in which Russia fabricates a dramatic event to justify an attack, a game we have seen play out in the past, and we will continue to examine ways to improve our preparedness.he added.
We have no certainty about the incidents, but we have seen attempts to stage a pretext to justify an invasion of Ukraine and of course that is a concernsaid Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the NATO.
There are quite a few Russian officers in Donbass and they can make a pretexthe argued.
We are closely monitoring what is happening and we will continue to expose Russia’s disinformation plans and actions to make it harder for them and to make an invasion more difficult.he explained.
We see a lot of misinformation from Russian sites to create an atmosphere of alleged attacks against the Russian population in this part of Ukrainealso underlined the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, after a meeting of EU leaders devoted to tensions between Russia and Ukraine, before a summit with their counterparts from the African Union in Brussels.
United States President Joe Biden has reiterated that the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is
very high as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday openly accused Russia of a
provocation destined to
discredit Kiev and justify an intervention.
” A kindergarten was bombed in what we know was an operation […] designed to discredit the Ukrainians, designed to create a pretext, a false provocation intended to justify Russian action. »
The Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Thursday of bombing and escalation in eastern Ukraine, which has been in the grip of a conflict since 2014, in the midst of a crisis between Moscow and the West.
In a statement posted on Facebook, the Ukrainian military accused separatist fighters of targeting
with particular cynicism the locality of Stanitsa Louganska, affecting in particular a kindergarten.
Russia, accused by Washington of seeking to create
excuses to attack Ukraine, massed more than 100,000 troops on the country’s borders and expressed its
The Ukrainian army has been fighting pro-Russian separatists backed by Moscow since 2014 in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, a conflict that has left more than 14,000 dead and more than 1.5 million displaced.