When asked by NBC News on Wednesday if he had any reason to believe it, Blinken said, “I do.” Then say, “I can’t put a date or exact time on that.”
Blinken said, “Unfortunately, Russia has deployed its forces across the borders of Ukraine, north, east, south, at the final point of preparation, it seems for Russia to engage in a major aggression.” Everything is in place. Against Ukraine.”
According to Russia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, an emergency session of the UN Security Council on the current situation in Ukraine will begin at 09.30 pm (New York time) on Wednesday.
“The meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine is scheduled for 21:30 New York time today and will be held in the format of an open briefing,” the mission said.
Ukraine requested an urgent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting after the heads of the Ukraine’s separate regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, sought help from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dimitro Kuleba, said on Twitter: “Ukraine requests an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council as appealed with requests by the Russian occupation administration in Donetsk and Luhansk to provide military assistance to Russia Which is a further escalation in the security situation.”
In addition to Kuleba, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell Fonteles, said the request for aid from the DPR, LPR breakaway areas is a “very dangerous additional step” that would put thousands of people at risk.
In a tweet, Borrell said, “The request for assistance by Moscow from the so-called DPR/LPR broken areas announces a very dangerous additional step against the sovereignty of #Ukraine that will put thousands of lives at risk. EU Strongly urges #Russia to refrain from any further provocative action.”
It comes at a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of individual regions of Ukraine, after which Biden imposed sanctions on Russia and reaffirmed US support to Ukraine.
Putin also ordered the sending of Russian armed forces to different regions of Ukraine after his announcement.
In another significant development, the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Wednesday approved the declaration of a state of emergency across the country except the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, amid the escalating situation at the country’s borders.
First published:February 24, 2022, 7:27 am