Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky challenges Russia after Putin’s declaration

Kiev (Ukraine): Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of sabotaging peace efforts and declined to give a regional address in his morning speech to the nation.

Zelensky spoke after Russia’s decision to formally recognize Independence Russia sends more Russian troops to the region from two of the Russian-backed regions in eastern Ukraine, adding to a crisis that threatens a major war in the West.

After presiding over the Security Council meeting, Zelensky accused Russia of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and said that this could mean that the Russian government could withdraw from the Minsk Peace Accords aimed at ending the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. will be suspended.

Zelensky said that Ukraine wants to resolve the crisis through diplomacy, but his country is ready to fight for a long time.

“We are committed to a peaceful and diplomatic path, we will follow it and that is all we will do. But we stand our ground, we fear no one, we owe no one and we owe nothing Is. anyone,” said Zelensky.

She to plead strongly Ukraine’s allies will take action against Russia and called for an emergency summit of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.

Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Russia’s defense ministry to send troops to the two regions to “keep the peace” after a Reuters witness witnessed an unusual military fleet passing through the broken city of Donetsk.

The US has condemned Russia’s action and warned of sanctions against Russian-dominated regions in eastern Ukraine. However, it was not immediately clear whether the Russian military action would be seen as the start of a full-scale invasion by the West. The region is already controlled by Russian-backed separatists and the Russian government.

Zelensky’s administration has expressed dismay at the West’s reluctance to impose sanctions after Russia massacred more than 100,000 soldiers near Ukraine’s borders in recent weeks.

Zelensky said, “We expect clear and effective measures of support from our allies. It is very important to see who our real friends and comrades are, and who will continue to intimidate the Russian Federation with words.”

First published:February 22, 2022, 2:51 pm

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