Ukraine news – live: Russia faces ‘bitter and bloody’ resistance as Putin urged to back out of invasion

Thousands of Ukrainian volunteers take part in military training open to civilians

Russian troops will face “bitter and bloody” resistance if Moscow launches an invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has warned.

The prime minister made the comments on Monday ahead of a planned visit to Eastern Europe later this week, where he is expected to speak by phone with the Russian president.

Mr Johnson said: ‘What I will say to President Putin, as I have said before, is that I think we really all need to take a step back.

Earlier, the Kremlin said the British government’s plans to impose new sanctions on Moscow would stoke European tensions as fears continue to grow over a possible war in Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said the threat was an attack on Russian businesses and undermined Britain’s investment climate.

This weekend, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Russian oligarchs in London would face tough new sanctions to deter Moscow from invading Ukraine, even if it hurt Britain’s economy.

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What to know amid fears of war

Talks to avert the threat of war in Eastern Europe are moving to the United Nations Security Council on Monday. But Russia, a member of the Security Council with the right of veto, has already called the meeting a “press stunt”. The diplomatic push at the UN comes with 100,000 Russian troops massed near the Ukrainian border and the Biden administration fearful that Russian President Vladimir Putin could stage some kind of invasion within weeks.

Here’s what to know on Monday about international tensions around Ukraine:

Matt MatherJanuary 31, 2022 2:42 p.m.

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No 10: Johnson will fly to Kyiv on Tuesday

Boris Johnson will travel to Kyiv tomorrow for crisis talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amid lingering fears over Russia’s military buildup, Downing Street has said.

Ahead of his visit to the Ukrainian capital, the prime minister will urge Vladimir Putin to “take a step back” when he addresses the Russian president later on Monday.

Speaking during a visit to Essex, Mr Johnson said he would tell the Russian president again that an invasion of Ukraine would be “an absolute disaster for the world”.

The prime minister’s visit on Tuesday, accompanied by Foreign Minister Liz Truss, marks a further escalation in diplomatic activity as the West seeks to convince Moscow that any military incursion against its neighbor will come at a steep price.

Matt MatherJanuary 31, 2022 2:20 p.m.

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Poland could supply Ukraine with defense weapons

Poland could supply Ukraine with defense ammunition, National Security Bureau chief Pawel Soloch said on Monday.

“A decision has been made to supply the Ukrainian side with defensive ammunition… The offer has been made to the Ukrainian side, we are waiting for a response,” Pawel Soloch said, adding that Poland could deliver several tens of thousands of ammunition.

Matt MatherJanuary 31, 2022 2:05 p.m.

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“We don’t want instability”

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace traveled to Hungary to hold talks with his counterparts on the Ukraine crisis.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban ban is due to travel to Moscow tomorrow for talks with Putin.

Mr Wallace insisted he supported the visit, telling a press conference: ‘I think it is very important that President Putin hears from a country like Hungary that he will face to the direct economic consequences of any instability in the east.

“I don’t know what the Hungarian prime minister will actually say to Putin, but I think it’s clear that we all agree that we don’t want instability, we don’t want war in east, we don’t want We don’t want casualties, we don’t want migrant flows, we don’t want high fuel prices and high food prices that would inevitably follow from any action.”

Matt MatherJanuary 31, 2022 1:50 p.m.

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Sanctions threats ‘will chill the Kremlin’s hotheads’ – Ukraine

Ukraine has welcomed British sanctions threats against Russia if the latter decides to launch an invasion.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister, said in a televised briefing: “We urge partners to take such steps as they are an important factor in deterring the Russian elite from making rash decisions.

“When Russian dignitaries realize that they are talking about their property, their real estate and their money abroad, where they – the patriots of Russia – keep them, the hotheads of the Kremlin will cool off. “

Lamiat SabinJanuary 31, 2022 1:30 p.m.

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Signs show that Russia will increase the number of troops in Belarus – Poland

Poland claims to see signs that Russia will increase its future military presence in Belarus.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said during a visit to the Estonian capital Tallinn: “We are aware of the planned exercises of Belarusian and Russian troops in February.

“…We even observe certain trends that may indicate that we will face a Russian military build-up in Belarus in the future.”

Lamiat SabinJanuary 31, 2022 1:15 p.m.

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Commons Statement on Russia Sanctions Scheduled for This Afternoon

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is due to make a statement on sanctions against Russia later today.

The speech in the House of Commons is expected to take place around 4.30 p.m.

It will follow Boris Johnson’s statement on Sue Gray’s report into the Partygate allegations which is scheduled for 3.30pm.

Tomorrow the couple will travel to Ukraine, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said.

Lamiat SabinJanuary 31, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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Boris Johnson will soon meet with Vladimir Putin

Boris Johnson expects to speak with Vladimir Putin this afternoon, Downing Street said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the timelines were not yet certain.

Mr Johnson said he would warn his Russian counterpart that he would face “bitter and bloody” resistance from the Ukrainian people if Russia launched an invasion.

Tomorrow, Mr Johnson and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will visit Ukraine – the Prime Minister’s spokesman also said.

Lamiat SabinJanuary 31, 2022 12:45 p.m.

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UN Security Council meets to discuss crisis

The UN Security Council is due to meet for the first time on Russian troop reinforcements and threatening actions against Ukraine, at the request of the United States.

All key players are expected to clash in public over the possibility of a Russian invasion and its global impact.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russia’s actions posed “a clear threat to international peace and security and the Charter of the United Nations”.

Council members “must carefully examine the facts and consider what is at stake for Ukraine, for Russia, for Europe, and for the fundamental obligations and principles of the international order if Russia further invades the Ukraine,” she said Thursday, announcing the meeting. .

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Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, responded angrily, tweeting: “I can’t remember another occasion when a member of the SC (Security Council) offered to discuss his own allegations and baseless assumptions as a threat to someone else’s international (international) order. other members of the UNSC will not support this clear publicity stunt shameful for the reputation of the UN Security Council.”

Polyansky’s reaction indicated that Russia could start the meeting by asking for a procedural vote on whether to move forward.

To block the meeting, Russia would need the support of nine of the 15 members.

A senior Biden administration official said the United States was in regular contact with council members and was “confident” there was “more than enough support” to organize the meeting.

Matt MatherJanuary 31, 2022 12:15 p.m.

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Russia conducts anti-submarine exercises in the Norwegian Sea

Ships of the Russian Northern Fleet have completed anti-submarine drills in the Norwegian Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday, as part of a wider naval exercise in a confrontation with the United States and NATO.

Russian military moves are being closely watched by the West at a time when a buildup of troops near its border with Ukraine raises fears of conflict. Moscow has denied intending to launch an attack on Ukraine.

The ministry said in a statement that a Russian guided missile cruiser and a frigate aided by a specially equipped helicopter practiced various ways of locating submarines during the drills.

Russia conducts exercises involving more than 140 ships from all its fleets in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and in the North, Okhotsk and Mediterranean seas.

Matt MatherJanuary 31, 2022 12:00

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