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Latest from Ukraine: Russia plans unconventional attacks, US warns after ‘false flag’ Donbass bombings

Boris Johnson says Ukraine kindergarten attack is a Russian false flag operation

Joe Biden has warned that a Russian attack on Ukraine is almost inevitable and “everything indicates” and could happen “in the next few days”.

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, said Russia’s plans for an invasion of Ukraine would likely include unconventional methods – and urged Moscow to renew its diplomatic efforts rather than go to war.

“Conventional attacks are not all that Russia plans to inflict on the Ukrainian people,” said Blinken, who addressed an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the ongoing crisis.

The warning came hours after Boris Johnson called the attack on a kindergarten in the disputed region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine a ‘false flag operation’, designed to create a pretext for the two countries to go to war. Voldoymyr Zelenskiy, President of Ukraine, accused pro-Russian rebels of firing projectiles at the kindergarten in a “gross provocation”.

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Ukraine Legalizes Cryptocurrencies Amid Rising Tensions With Russia

Amid rising tensions with Russia, Ukraine has legalized cryptocurrencies. Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said that “Ukraine is already in the top 5 countries in the use of cryptocurrency. Today we took another step: the Parliament adopted the Virtual Assets Law!This will legalize crypto exchanges and cryptocurrencies, and Ukrainians could protect their assets from possible abuse or fraud.

According to a report by blockchain researcher, Elliptic, cryptocurrency is increasingly being used by Ukrainian nonprofits and other volunteer groups to “fund war.”

Earlier this month, Elliptic analysis showed that “hundreds of crypto-asset donations totaling several hundred thousand dollars were made to these groups – increasing by more than 900% in 2021.”

Maroosha MuzaffarFebruary 18, 2022 04:30

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Ukraine’s president says bombing of kindergartens a ‘big provocation’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the shelling of a kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska “by pro-Russian forces is a big provocation”.

He tweeted: “The shelling of a kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska by pro-Russian forces is a great provocation. It is important that diplomats and the @OSCE stay in [Ukraine]their surveillance activities are an additional deterrent.

The president said “we need an effective mechanism to record all ceasefire violations.”

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said there had been “several shellings” Thursday morning on the front line in the Donbass region.

Reports say the attack on the town of Stanytsia Luhanska blew a hole in the wall of kindergarten number 21. Video footage revealed debris all over the playground.

Maroosha MuzaffarFebruary 18, 2022 04:00

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Watch: PM admits picture in Ukraine continues to be ‘very gloomy’

Boris Johnson admits image in Ukraine remains ‘very bleak’

sam hancockFebruary 18, 2022 03:30

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War, peace, stalemate? The coming week could decide the fate of Ukraine

Even if a Russian invasion of Ukraine does not occur in the next few days, the crisis is reaching a critical inflection point with European stability and the future of East-West relations at stake.

A convergence of events over the coming week could determine whether the impasse is resolved peacefully or if Europe is at war, PA reports. At stake is Europe’s post-Cold War security architecture and the long-agreed limits to the deployment of conventional military and nuclear forces there.

“The next 10 days or so will be critical,” said Ian Kelly, a retired career diplomat and former US ambassador to Georgia, who now teaches international relations at Northwestern University.

sam hancockFebruary 18, 2022 02:40

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U.S. to receive Russia’s response on security assurances today

Russia is ready to respond to the United States later today on the issue of security guarantees.

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, said the letter would be made public.

Russia has demanded that Ukraine never be allowed to join NATO and that NATO stop deploying weapons to former Soviet countries, as part of Vladimir Putin’s bid to prevent the presence of the alliance to spread eastward.

Washington and Brussels have refused to promise to exclude Ukraine from NATO.

Mr Lavrov also said: “Russia will continue discussions with the West on all aspects of its security proposals.”

Sam Hancock and Lamiat SabinFebruary 18, 2022 01:40

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Ukraine: what is a false flag operation?

Boris Johnson joined a chorus of Western leaders on Thursday accusing Russia of plotting to create a pretext for war with Ukraine by carrying out so-called false flag operations.

It comes after Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, announced that pro-Russian forces bombed a kindergarten in the separatist Donbass region of southeastern Ukraine in what he said of “great provocation”. Mr Johnson said Western allies “knew” it was a false flag operation “designed to discredit the Ukrainians”.

So what is a false flag? The term refers to a covert operation designed to give the appearance that it was carried out by another group or country – such operations are usually used to provide a pretext for war.

sam hancockFebruary 18, 2022 12:45 a.m.

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ICYMI: Johnson accuses Moscow of using false flag operations

Boris Johnson today said an attack on a kindergarten in Ukraine was a Russian ‘false flag operation’ which was designed to ‘discredit’ Ukrainians.

The PM said the picture was ‘gloomy’ and warned that Moscow could launch more such operations in the coming days as a pretext for an invasion by Eastern European ally Britain, reports Adam Forest.

“We’re very concerned that this is something we’ll see more of over the next few days,” Mr Johnson told reporters. “A kindergarten was bombed in what we consider to be – well, we know this – a false flag operation designed to discredit Ukrainians, designed to create a pretext, a false provocation for Russian action.”

sam hancockFebruary 17, 2022 11:54 p.m.

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ICYMI: Kindergarten damaged by shelling in eastern Ukraine

A kindergarten damaged by shelling in eastern Ukraine

sam hancockFebruary 17, 2022 10:10 p.m.

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Biden warns of high risk of Russian invasion as Putin expels US ambassador

Joe Biden said on Thursday the risk of another Russian invasion of Ukraine is “very high” as tensions between Moscow and the West continue to mount over Russian troop buildups on Israel’s eastern border. Ukraine.

Speaking to reporters at the White House as he prepared to board Marine One, President Biden said Russia’s claim that Russia had begun pulling troops from the Ukrainian border was fake, Andrew Feinberg.

“The risk is very high because they haven’t moved their troops – they’ve moved more troops,” Biden said.

sam hancockFebruary 17, 2022 9:50 p.m.

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Putin ‘enjoys attention’ on world stage, Estonian PM says

Vladimir Putin “enjoys” being “at the center of international attention”, said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

Speaking to Reuters, she said Mr Putin was seeking to win a war to boost his popularity in Russia.

Ms Kallas also said the situation was extremely serious and that Western nations should make no concessions to Moscow as long as it kept more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine.

She added: “I am very cautious about any kind of negotiations, about offering something to Russia because we must not forget the big picture, which is that the gun is really pointed at Ukraine. and that you cannot have negotiations at gunpoint.”

sam hancockFebruary 17, 2022 9:30 p.m.


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