Ukraine-Russia latest: UK government ‘paralyzed’ as tensions rise

Boris Johnson to visit Ukraine amid growing tensions with Russia

Boris Johnson will ‘catch up with other world leaders’ seeking to defuse the crisis on the Russia-Ukraine border, Labor has claimed, calling the UK government ‘crippled by a mess of its own making’ over the Partygate scandal that engulfed No. ten.

Nonetheless, the embattled Prime Minister hopes to “strengthen the deterrence to avoid bloodshed” between Moscow and Ukraine with a visit to the region next week, and according to Downing Street will “reiterate the need for Russia to step back and to engage diplomatically” in a phone call to President Vladimir Putin.

While US sources say Russia has amassed blood supplies – alongside some 100,000 troops – near the Ukrainian border, US General Mark Milley says Moscow’s deployment is bigger than anything since the war cold. He warned that a Russian invasion would have “horrible” consequences.

But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has criticized the West’s “panic”, saying it is destabilizing the economy. After asking Joe Biden how ‘imminent’ an attack might be, Mr Zelensky told reporters: ‘I’m the president of Ukraine, I’m based here and I think I know the details better than anyone. another president.

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Outcome of Russian invasion would be ‘horrendous’, warns US

A top US general said the deployment of Russian troops was the largest since the Cold War.

Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned that the outcome would be “horrendous” if Russia invaded.

He said: “If it were unleashed against Ukraine, it would be big, very big, and it would result in a significant number of casualties.”

Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense, said: “Conflict is not inevitable. There is still time and space for diplomacy.

Liam JamesJanuary 29, 2022 6:08 p.m.

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Ukrainian reservists in training in case of conflict with Russia

Worried about the threat of some 120,000 Russian soldiers massed near the border with Ukraine, Kiev launched a new territorial defense force this year, which it wants to build into a body of up to 130,000 people.

Although they stand little chance against the much larger and better equipped professional Russian army, reservists like them could be tasked with protecting civilian sites in Kiev in the midst of any conflict.

Saturday’s training brought together around 70 locals, some in full infantry gear with hunting rifles and with combat experience from when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and then supported rebels fighting the government troops in eastern Ukraine.

Others wearing sneakers and casual sportswear received fake wooden guns.

“I’m worried,” said Konstantin Sevchuk, the 43-year-old freelancer who said he had so far avoided contact with the army after serving a year in the eastern Donbass region in 2014/15 during of the general mobilization of Ukraine.

“It doesn’t really fit into my life, I didn’t really want to. But now the situation is such that it is necessary.

Newly joined reservists of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces take part in military exercises on the outskirts of Kyiv

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Military exercise of reservists underway in the outskirts of Kiev

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ReutersJanuary 29, 2022 5:05 p.m.

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Ukraine rejects claim that Russia brought blood to border

Ukraine’s deputy defense minister dismissed claims by US sources that Russia is hoarding supplies of blood and other medical materials that could be used to treat the wounded near the border.

“This information is not true,” said Hanna Malyar. “These ‘news’ are an element of information and psychological warfare. The purpose of this information is to sow panic and fear in our society.

Andy GregoireJanuary 29, 2022 4:09 p.m.

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UK government ‘paralyzed’ domestically by Partygate scandal, Labor demands

Labor has accused Boris Johnson of ‘catching up with other world leaders’ to deter Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The government is “crippled by a mess of its own making” domestically following the ongoing Partygate scandal engulfing Downing Street, shadow defense secretary John Healey has said.

He reiterated Labour’s calls for the imposition of a ‘foreign entity register’ to ‘lift the veil on who owns property and assets in the UK’, after it was reported that US officials fear that they will not be able to effectively sanction President Vladimir Putin. because of Russian money “trenched” in London.

Andy GregoireJanuary 29, 2022 3:34 p.m.

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Russian politician encourages residents of Ukrainian rebel-held territories to join the army

A Russian politician encourages people in rebel-held areas of Ukraine to join the Russian army.

Viktor Vodolatsky, deputy chairman of a parliamentary committee on Russia’s relations with its neighbors, said on Saturday that residents of areas controlled since 2014 by Russian-backed rebels fear attacks by Ukrainian forces.

“If Russian citizens residing in the [territories] want to join the Russian Armed Forces, the Rostov Regional Military Commissariat will register and enlist them,” Vodolatsky told state news agency Tass.

Russia has granted passports to more than 500,000 people in the territories. Mr Vodolatsky said the recruits would serve in Russia – but that leaves open the possibility that they could join any future invasion force.

Andy GregoireJanuary 29, 2022 2:53 p.m.

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Russia must support anti-war comments ‘with actions’, says US official

A senior US official said Washington welcomed comments from Moscow’s foreign minister that Russia did not want a war.

“But it has to be backed by action,” they said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. “We need to see Russia withdraw some of the troops it has deployed from the Ukrainian border and take further de-escalation measures.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday that the US and NATO response to Russia’s demands currently left little room for compromise.

“There will be no war as it depends on the Russian Federation, we don’t want war,” he said. “But we will not allow our interests to be grossly trampled on and ignored.”

Andy GregoireJanuary 29, 2022 2:25 p.m.

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Here is a full explanation of the options Russia seems to have, aside from a military invasion:

Andy GregoireJanuary 29, 2022 1:50 p.m.

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UK law targeting Russian money now ‘urgent’, says MP

Parliament should prioritize anti-corruption legislation targeting “dirty” Russian money in light of its aggression against Ukraine, an influential Tory MP has said.

Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the Commons Defense Select Committee, has warned the Economic Crimes Bill is now ‘urgent’, telling Times Radio: “The only way to put pressure on Putin, one of the most effective ways, is to control this money laundering.”

Andy GregoireJanuary 29, 2022 1:29 p.m.

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What is the impact of the crisis on the Russian economy?

Here is the response from The Independentglobal affairs editor Kim Sengupta when asked yesterday what impact Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine has had on the Russian economy:

“Russian financial markets took a beating when they woke up this week to the devastating potential of a conflict with Ukraine.

Blue-chip Russian stocks such as Sberbank and Gazprom lost more than 10% in trading on Monday and the Russian Central Bank was forced to temporarily halt foreign currency purchases as the ruble fell nearly 6% from to the dollar from the start. of January.

“But the problem now is that Mr. Putin would lose face enormously unless he got something in return for this massive buildup of forces.”

You can read more about his “Ask Me Anything” session on the Ukraine-Russia crisis here.

Andy GregoireJanuary 29, 2022 11:49 am

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‘We don’t want war,’ says Russian minister, as Putin ponders NATO’s response to his demands

The United States and NATO this week delivered their response to Russia’s demands, issued in December, which it says are necessary to reduce tensions with Europe – including a request to ban the Ukraine to join NATO.

According to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin told Frenchman Emmanuel Macron in a phone call yesterday that the West had not heeded Russia’s main demands to stop NATO expansion, to stop the deployment of weapons near Russia’s borders and to roll back its forces from Eastern Europe.

Mr Putin told the French president that Moscow would study the response from the United States and NATO before deciding on its next move, the Kremlin said.

According to the French account of the call, Mr Putin “said he wanted to continue the dialogue” and “said he did not want escalation”.

While the Russian president has made no public remarks on the Western response, Moscow’s foreign minister said it currently leaves little chance of reaching a deal.

“While they say they won’t change their positions, we won’t change ours,” Sergei Lavrov told Russian radio. “I see no room for compromise here.”

“There will be no war as it depends on the Russian Federation, we don’t want war,” he said. “But we will not allow our interests to be grossly trampled on and ignored.”

Andy GregoireJanuary 29, 2022 10:56

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