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Ukraine wants to dismantle any pro-Russian structure

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British Foreign Minister Liz Truss on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv and D’to consider ofto occupy Ukraine, charges qualified asnonsense by Russia.

The statement came as Russia massed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border, raising fears of an invasion in Kiev and Westerners.

Our State will continue its policy of dismantling any oligarchic and political structure that could work towards the destabilization of Ukraine or be complicit with the occupiers [russes]. »

A quote from Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration

For its part, the Russian Foreign Ministry called on the United Kingdom to stop spreading nonsense and to put an end to his stupid provocations […], very dangerous in the current situation.

British diplomacy asserted that former Ukrainian MP Yevgeniy Murayev considered a potential candidate, but he is not the only one: the Russian intelligence services maintain ties to many former Ukrainian politicians.

Reacting to these accusations, Mr Murayev called for an end to divide us into pro-Russian and pro-Western, while emphasizing that his country needed new political leaders guided by the national interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.

Ukrainian politicians linked to Moscow

British diplomacy also mentioned the names of Serguiï Arbouzov [le premier vice-premier ministre de l’Ukraine de 2012 à 2014, puis premier ministre par intérim], by Andriï Kluyev [qui dirigeait l’administration présidentielle de l’ex-chef de l’État ukrainien Viktor Ianoukovitch], by Volodymyr Sivkovych [l’ancien secrétaire adjoint du Conseil national de sécurité et de défense ukrainien] or even Mykola Azarov [le premier ministre de l’Ukraine de 2010 à 2014].

Some of them [hommes politiques ukrainiens] are in contact with Russian intelligence agents currently involved in planning an attack on Ukraine, accused the British Foreign Office.

Liz Truss.

Liz Truss, British Foreign Secretary.

Photo: Reuters

The United States tried these charges deeply concerning.

The people of Ukraine have the sovereign right to determine their own future, and we stand with our democratically elected partners in Ukraine., said Emily Horne, spokeswoman for the National Security Council at the White House.

Pope Francis said on Sunday following with concern the growing tensions in Ukraine which call into question the security of the European continent, calling for a day of prayer for peace next Wednesday.

Civilian participants of a Kyiv territorial defense unit train in a forest.

Across Ukraine, thousands of civilians are receiving basic training.

Photo: Getty Images/Sean Gallup

The scenario that Russia might take over its neighbor had earlier been called aineptitude by the Chief of the German Navy, Vice-Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach. Comments which earned him to be forced to resign in the evening, announced by the German Ministry of Defense.

The British statements came just hours after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu agreed to a meeting with his British counterpart Ben Wallace. Mr Shoigu proposed that the meeting take place in Moscow.

This bilateral meeting, the first since 2013, aims toexplore all avenues to achieve stability and a settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, a source at the UK Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.

Accused by the West of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers on the Ukrainian border with a view to an attack, the Kremlin denies any bellicose intention, but links a de-escalation to treaties guaranteeing in particular the non-enlargement of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, especially to Ukraine.

Unacceptable, reply the Westerners, who threaten Russia with severe sanctions in the event of an attack.

Despite irreconcilable positions for the moment, a relaxation began on Friday between the West and Moscow after several weeks of verbal escalation, during talks in Geneva between the heads of Russian and American diplomats, Sergei Lavrov and Antony Blinken.

The two ministers agreed on Friday to continue their frank talks, giving hope to the Secretary General of theUnited Nations Antonio Guterres than an invasion of Ukraine or a military incursion into its territory won’t happen.

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