Updates: 09.04.2021 18:17
Published: 09.04.2021, 18:17
KIEV / MOSCOW / WASHINGTON – Ukraine has ruled out the possibility of a major military offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass in the east of the country, with clashes between opposition parties escalating in recent weeks. At the same time, tensions in relations with Russia are rising, which has moved significant military forces to the border with Ukraine.
According to Washington, this is the largest concentration of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border since the spring of 2014, when Russia annexed Ukrainian Crimea and supported the uprising of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported. He added that the United States would send two warships to the Black Sea. Turkish media have reported that the destroyers Roosevelt and Donald Cook will operate in the waters from April 14 to May 4. Signing States.
“The forcible liberation of the temporarily occupied territories will inevitably lead to large numbers of civilian casualties and casualties among the troops, which is unacceptable to Ukraine,” said General Ruslan Somsak, commander of the Ukrainian army. .
According to Russian media, a Kremlin spokesman today warned Kiev of major war operations in the Donbass because Russia sees them as a threat to its security and that Moscow may take action to prevent a “human catastrophe”. The day before, Dmitry Kozak, vice president of the presidency, did not deny that Russia would protect its citizens in the Donbass in the event of war, Kommersant said.
“The situation on the front line in Ukraine is very volatile. The dynamics of this situation and the dynamics of the behavior of the Ukrainian side again create the risk of large-scale fighting,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “If the civil war and full-scale war operations re-ignite our borders, it will be a threat to the security of the Russian Federation,” he added. According to him, Russia could not stay away if there was a threat of “human catastrophe” similar to the Srebrenica massacre during the civil war in former Yugoslavia.
Russian military doctrine allows intervention to protect Russian citizens abroad. Despite international protests, Moscow continues to grant Russian citizenship to Russian-speaking people in eastern Ukraine. More than 400,000 people were granted Russian citizenship, the DPA recalled.
According to the Ukrainka Pravda newspaper, Colonel General Somak rejected Russia’s claim that Ukraine was preparing to attack the Donbass, causing “panic” among the people in the “temporarily occupied territories” of false propaganda aimed at discrediting Ukraine in the international arena. However, the Ukrainian leadership considers the political and diplomatic solution of the “international conflict” in Donbass a priority.
Kiev described the occupiers as “occupiers” and “temporarily occupied” since the annexation of the Crimean and the outbreak of conflict with pro-Russian separatists in Donbass. Despite the seizure of Russian-made weapons by the Ukrainian military, Moscow has consistently denied direct involvement in the conflict, which has claimed more than 13,000 and hundreds of thousands of refugees since spring 2014, and claims to provide only humanitarian assistance and political support to the separatists. Russian media in Donbass. There were reports of Russian soldiers being killed in Ukraine.
Tensions have been rising in Donbass in recent weeks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky recently described Ukraine’s entry into NATO as the only way to end the war. Moscow has responded hostilely, warning that joining NATO for millions of people in eastern Ukraine is “deeply unacceptable”.