D.Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk has warned against a sharp escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. Donetsk and Luhansk “Moscow’s recognition of the People’s Republics” is a declaration of open war. ” “
The ambassador criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for “pursuing his insane interests in the most brutal way – almost without opposition from the West so far.” No one escaped the catastrophic effects of war. Even the Germans no longer feel safe. “If the federal republic abandons us instead of supporting us Ukrainians with all our might and courageous actions, German prosperity will be the next victim of Putin.”
Melnick told the Rhineish Post (Wednesday edition) that Russia had “exposed and alienated Germany as a mediator” in the Normandy form. He criticized the federal government: “Unfortunately, the people of Berlin have long been reluctant and put off. No strong preventive measures have been taken against Russia’s aggression in the last few weeks.”
The ambassador welcomed the federal government’s suspension of the certification process for Nord Stream 2. “But Ukrainians fear that this right – long-delayed – decision alone will not be enough to stop the Kremlin leader from the path of war,” Melnik said and called for comprehensive sanctions.
“The most painful penalties must be introduced today: the import of goods from Russia (gas, oil, coal, precious metals), the Swift freeze, the ban on German investment in Russia, the freezing of Russian assets abroad, the international boycott of the Russian state leadership,” he said. Explained in the Rhineish Post.
Ukrainian ambassador Funke told reporters that he expects billions worth of aid packages and defense weapons from Germany. “Ukraine should not be killed as a sacrificial lamb of pseudo-pacifism in front of running cameras.” The Kremlin has launched a “real war of destruction” against Ukraine, Melnik added. “Putin wants to destroy our state and physically destroy Ukraine as a nation.”
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04:26 – Japan and Australia impose sanctions on Russia
Japan is taking the first punitive measures against Russia in the Ukraine crisis. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the embargo would include a ban on the issuance of Russian bonds in Japan and the freezing of assets of certain Russian individuals. The government in Tokyo will consider further action if the situation in Ukraine worsens. Kishida invites the Kremlin back to the negotiating table.
Australia joins other Western powers in imposing sanctions on Russia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke specifically about targeted travel bans and financial penalties for members of the Russian Security Council, as well as comprehensive sanctions for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions approved by Moscow.
03:34 – Union: Gas supply can escape the failure of Russian imports
Under certain conditions, the German gas supply will withstand failure on all Russian gas imports in the coming days and weeks. This is the premise of the Energy Storage Initiative (INES), an industry association of storage companies. The condition is that the temperature will be moderate and there will be enough liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the EU domestic market, said Sebastien Fleshke, executive director of the DPA news agency. “There is a certain level of uncertainty as such a situation has not yet occurred in the past.”
03:13 – Expert: British sanctions against Russian oligarchs ‘joke’
According to one expert, sanctions imposed by Great Britain on many Russian oligarchs are not effective. The three Putin allies targeted by the British government are little active in the UK, said Elizabeth Schimfos, who studied the influence of wealthy Russians in the UK at the London School of Economics. “It simply came to our notice then. It shows that nothing has happened to the oligarchy here and that the campaign over the past few days has been a success, “he told the Shipfoss dpa news agency.
01:58 – Canada announces sanctions against Russia
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced “continued sanctions” against Russia for recognizing separatist areas in eastern Ukraine. The Canadian prime minister said these would apply “until Ukraine’s regional integrity is restored.” Among other things, sanctions “block” “transactions” between Canada and separatist territories. Canadians will no longer be allowed to buy Russian government bonds.
01:05 am – Satellite images show Russian units stationed in Belarus
Newly acquired satellite images further show Russian military operations near the border with Ukraine. The US-based Maxar Technologies has reported that more than 100 military vehicles and dozens of troop tents are parked along the border with Ukraine in southern Belarus. A new field hospital has also been built in the military garrison in western Russia.
12:40 am – Trump calls Putin’s actions “intelligent.”
“Clever”, “smart”, “smart”: Former US President Donald Trump has caused a stir with extraordinary praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions against Ukraine. In a radio interview, Trump described Putin’s announcement that he would recognize separatist areas in eastern Ukraine and send troops to the area. The Russian president is “smart” and “intelligent”.
12:17 am – Guterres to Putin: “UN Charter no menu à la carte”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to comply with UN policy on recognizing separatist areas in eastern Ukraine. “The principles of the UN Charter are not a la carte menu,” Guterres said. “Member States have accepted all of them and they must implement them all.”
12:09 am – White House: There are currently no plans for a meeting between Biden and Putin
The White House is not currently planning a face-to-face meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in view of Moscow’s recent escalation in the Ukraine crisis. “It’s definitely not planned at this time,” Fiden’s spokeswoman Jen Zaki said in Washington on Tuesday evening (local time). Biden is generally open to diplomacy and high-level talk. But now that Putin is advancing with an invasion of a sovereign country, this is not the right time to do so.
00:00 – “Plan B is to fight for every inch of our land, every city”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba has welcomed US actions against Russia. He believes sanctions can stop further escalation from the Kremlin. “If we (…) continue to put pressure on him, we can stop him,” the Ukrainian said of Putin during a visit to Washington on Tuesday. He added: “There is no such thing as a small, medium or large invasion. An invasion is an invasion.
Ukraine has no plans to evacuate the city of Mariupol, located in the Donetsk region in the east. “We have two plans,” Guleba continued. “Plan A is to use all diplomatic means to stop Russia and prevent further escalation. If it fails, Plan B will fight for every inch of our land, every town and village. Then of course we will fight until we win.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on security forces to take up arms. However, a general mobilization is not necessary, Zelenskyj said in a video conference. Functional balance members will be invited for a specified period. How long it will last, Selensky did not say.
The Ukrainian armed forces have about 250,000 soldiers. There are also about 1,40,000 reservists. Functional balance is usually activated during an ongoing war. “Today we do not need a general mobilization,” Zelenskyj said. “The Ukrainian army and other military organizations urgently need more personnel.”
11:57 pm – Canada sends additional troops to the Baltic states
Canada imposes sanctions on Russia’s operation against Ukraine and sends additional troops to Europe. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will send 460 troops to Latvia and its environs. This should strengthen NATO in the face of Russian aggression. In addition, it will take steps to financially isolate Canada, as well as its allies, Russia.
11:54 pm – Hebek: It would have been wise not to create Nord Stream 2
According to Union Economy Minister Robert Hebeck (Greens), it would have been wise not to build the North Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. Hebek told ARD “Tagesthemen” that Europe needed a diversified energy landscape, not a “danger from the Baltic Sea”. For a long time, people have been under the illusion that the pipeline should be viewed only from an economic and political point of view. However, Hebek said energy policy should always be “evaluated in terms of security policy and geopolitics.”
11:53 pm – Scholz: No one should bet on Nord Stream 2
President Olaf Scholes believes the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, which is currently suspended, will never be operational. “In any case, this is a situation in which no one should bet,” he told ARD on Tuesday. “Now we’re far from that.” The SPD politician issued a similar statement to this question on ZDF.
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