Moscow: President of Russia Vladimir Putin has ordered the deployment of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. This move by Russia is a warning to the West. The move comes shortly after Russia recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
Top developments of the Russia-Ukraine crisis:
1. Russia has recognized two separate states in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine on Monday as Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic.
2. Immediately after recognizing the independence of both regions, Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to be deployed in eastern Ukraine. Russia has called the move “necessary for peace.”
3. Russia moved swiftly to sign two equal treaties of friendship, which gave it the right to establish military bases in separatist-held territories of Ukraine.
4. Russia’s actions were criticized by the West. The US imposed trade and investment sanctions on both regions and the UK threatened to impose additional sanctions on Russia. The United States (US) will continue its diplomacy with Russia until another invasion of Ukraine, a White House official said.
5. The United Nations (UN) convened an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, in which India expressed concern over the safety of its citizens in Ukraine. India called for an end to hostilities and the promotion of peaceful dialogue to end the crisis.
6. Ukraine and Russia blamed each other for the crisis at the UNSC. Ukraine, meanwhile, called Russia’s actions “a virus spread by the Kremlin.” Russia said the rights of the people in Donbass should be protected. Russia has also said that Ukraine is taking advantage of Moscow and subjecting it to economic “blackmail”.
7. The United States (US) is coordinating with its allies and will announce new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, when Moscow recognized two separate territories in Ukraine as independent entities and deployed “peacekeeping” forces there.
8. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has said that his country is not afraid of anything or anyone.
“We are on our own ground. We are not afraid of anything or anyone,” he said after Russia ordered its troops into eastern Ukraine.
9. Ukraine reported on February 20 that two of its soldiers were killed in separatist shelling.
10. More than 2,000 ceasefire violations have been recorded on the Russia-Ukraine border in the last few days.
first published:Feb. 22, 2022, 12:24 p.m.