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Russia – Ukraine War Tension: Live Updates (Pictures)

Russia – Ukraine War Tension: Live Updates (Pictures)

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Pictured: Russian tanks seen on the streets of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s tanks rolled into Ukraine last night creating the most “dangerous situation since the Cuban Missile Crisis”.

Around 10,000 troops moved into two Russian speaking breakaway areas of Ukraine that Putin recognised as independent states, taking the world back to when it held its breath in the shadow of nuclear war.

Labour MP writes to Russian ambassador

The Labour MP for the Rhondda, Chris Bryant, is writing to the Russian ambassador to invite him to meet with him.

In a tweet, he wrote that: “last time we met he guaranteed that Russia would not invade Ukraine including the areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.”


‘Clear violation’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says Russia’s recognition of self-declared regions is in “clear violation of the political, territorial integrity of Ukraine and its sovereignty”.

Erdogan says Russian decision to recognise breakaway republics are unacceptable.

“It is a clear violation of political, territorial integrity of Ukraine and its sovereignty”

— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) February 22, 2022

Czech Republic ‘preparing to reduce dependence on Russia’

On Twitter, the Czech Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, says they are preparing to reduce energy dependence on Russia and support strengthening of NATO alliance defences.

He also said that the first reaction in the form of EU sanctions should come today and their impact on Russia should be very harsh, and at the same time, Fila is “preparing to reduce energy dependence on Russia.”

On Twitter he continued to say that “We support the strengthening of NATO’s Alliance defenses. We currently have about 580 troops in the Rapid Reaction Force.”

Nord Stream 2 halted

Nord Stream 2, the 750-mile pipeline connecting Russia and Germany, has been halted.

It is suggested that the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has decided to pull the plug on the pipeline because of the Ukraine crisis.

Russia’s Foreign Minister says Ukraine has no right to sovereignty

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today that according to the U.N. charter, a country’s right to sovereignty applies only to states which represent “their entire people”, but that the government has not respected this.

“I think no one can argue that the Ukrainian regime, starting from the 2014 coup d’état, represents the entire people living on the territory of the Ukrainian state,” Lavrov said.

Italy condemns Russia’s decision
Italy has condemned Russia’s decision to recognise Russian-controlled territory in Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics as independent states.

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in a statement: “The decision of the Russian authorities to recognise the so-called separatist republics of Luhansk and Donetsk is to be condemned as a violation of the Minsk agreements.”

Di Maio said the decision “represents a serious obstacle in the path towards a diplomatic solution of the Ukrainian crisis”.

He added: “Italy is in constant contact with European and Atlantic partners to coordinate the response to the announcement by the President of the Russian Federation.”

UEFA could strip Russia of Champions League final

UEFA is ready to drop St Petersburg as the venue for this year’s Champions League final as the military crisis in Ukraine deepens.

“UEFA is constantly and closely monitoring the situation,” the governing body said in a statement. “At present, there are no plans to change the venue.”

‘Clear violation’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says Russia’s recognition of self-declared regions is in “clear violation of the political, territorial integrity of Ukraine and its sovereignty”.

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Ireland says ‘Russian needs to feel pain’

The Irish Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne said that “there’s going to be a sanctions package agreed today,” ahead of the General Affairs Council meeting.

“I think that we’ve got to ensure whatever happens that Russia certainly feels the pain. And that’s going to happen,” he said, pointing to “a grotesque breach of international law.”

Czech PM on the situation

Czech Prime Minister Fiala has in a tweet said that the West: “has not acted vigorously and united enough against Russia’s expansionism and imperial policy in past” and is now feeling consequences of this.”

On Russian President Vladimir Putin, Fiala said Putin: “is not ashamed to use military force. We can’t close our eyes before that”.

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SAJID Javid has said the “invasion of Ukraine has begun” and Britain will now impose further sanctions on Russia.

This comes following the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to order troops over the Russian border in a dramatic escalation of tensions.

The Health Secretary told Sky News the West was “waking up to a very dark day in Europe”, adding “It’s clear from what we have already seen and found out today that the Russians, president Putin, has decided to attack the sovereignty of Ukraine and its territorial integrity.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last night, as he chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency COBRA committee at 6.30am this morning.

The PM is due to make a statement to parliament later on today.

Ukraine’s defence minister warns of ‘hardship’

Ukraine defence minister has warned his country of ‘hardship’ and ‘losses’ following an address to Ukraine armed forces after Russia recognised separatist regions.

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  1. God mercy on them

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