Russia’s recognition of the independence of the secessionist republics in eastern Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin’s order to deploy troops there were announced at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday. And condemned by a majority of members of the Security Council. For its part, Moscow promised to be “open to diplomacy.” Follow the latest developments live.
7:03 am: Military moves on the Russian-Ukrainian border
From Daganrok, Russia, near the Ukrainian border, our special correspondent Elena Voloshin reports “military” and “truck” movements, “very alarming signals pointing to Vladimir Putin’s future military action.”
5:01 am: “Russia seeks war, not diplomacy”, condemns US
A full-scale invasion of Ukraine could be “unleashed at any moment,” said a US official, our correspondent in Washington, Sonia Tridy. The Biden administration is reportedly planning to oust Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky in the event of an invasion.
4:35 a.m .: Russia “open to diplomacy”
“We are open to diplomacy for a diplomatic solution. However, we do not want to allow bloodshed in the Donbass,” the Russian ambassador announced during an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
4:25 am: “Ukraine’s borders will not change”
Ukraine’s ambassador to Ukraine Sergei Kislytskaya assured the Security Council on Monday that his country’s “internationally recognized borders” would remain “unchanged”, regardless of Russia’s statements or actions.
He called on Russia to rescind its decision to recognize Ukrainian separatist territories, to “return to the negotiating table” and to “withdraw its occupying troops immediately and verifiable.”
4:20 am: US imposes “new sanctions” on Russia
“We plan to announce new sanctions against Russia tomorrow in response to Moscow’s decisions and actions. We are cooperating with our allies and allies for this announcement,” an AFP spokesman told AFP on Monday. White House.
3:55 am: UN condemns Russia’s decision and actions on Ukraine
At an emergency meeting in New York on Monday, the UN. And a majority of members of the US-led Security Council condemned Russia’s decision.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield has called President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of the Russian military a “peacekeeping force” justifying entry into separatist territories in eastern Ukraine.
Several members of the Security Council expressed their condemnation of the recent developments. “Who’s next” should be invaded, the Albanian ambassador to Ferrit Hoksha condemned for “violating international law”.
His Indian envoy, TS Thirumurthy, expressed “deep concern” and called for “control from all sides”, while British Ambassador Barbara Woodward called for the “reversal of Russia” and for an “immediate ceasefire” in Brazil’s eastern Ukraine.
“All parties involved must exercise restraint and refrain from any actions that could provoke tension,” said Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun.
3:10 am: US ambassadors to Ukraine leave for Poland “for security reasons”.
“For security reasons, foreign officials currently in Lviv will spend the night in Poland,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen said in a statement.
1:32 am: UN The Security Council may
The UN Security Council, especially at the request of its Western members, will hold a public emergency meeting on Monday at 9 pm (2 am GMT) on the recognition of the independence of separatist territories in Ukraine by Russia.
Countries behind the request for an emergency session relied on a letter Ukraine sent to the UN, including the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway and Albania. Mexico agreed to their request.
Russia, the current chair of the Security Council and controlling the agenda in February, wanted to impose a closed session but the United States opposed it.
1:30 am: Ukrainian president confronts Russia, promises not to be afraid of anything or anyone
In a speech to Ukraine on Tuesday, Volodymyr Zhelensky condemned Moscow’s recognition of the independence of the two separatist “republics” of the Donbass. “Ukraine claims that Russia’s recent actions violate our sovereignty and territorial integrity.” A single piece of the country “.
The Ukrainian president said he expects “clear” and “efficient” support for his country from Western allies in the face of Russia. “It’s very important now to see who our true friend is.”