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Weekend Reads point of view. Ukraine, the risk of spark

12:40  16 april  2021
12:40  16 april  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at a position on the frontline with Russia backed separatists near small city of Marinka, Donetsk regionCredit: AFP. His comments came as NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed the Western military alliance's "unwavering support" for Ukraine and The UK and US have vowed to defend Ukraine sovereignty as Russia has deployed 80,000 troops to the Ukrainian border. In light of this, Lord West said there’s a danger of Putin "making a stupid mistake" and "miscalculation" about how the West responds. He said: "It would be a terrible lesson to the world

President Biden's new move is now a new topic of debate - disaster prevention or a mistaken concession - but in the run-up to a summit, the risk of major military action by Russia certainly fades. "My take is that it's about deterrence," says Andrei Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council. He points out Kyiv's own recent reinforcements in eastern Ukraine and argues that Russia's actions are to avert any move to retake areas controlled by Russian-backed militants.

Cette photo prise et publiée par le service de presse présidentiel ukrainien le 9 avril 2021 montre le président ukrainien Volodymyr Zelensky en première ligne avec les séparatistes soutenus par la Russie dans la région de Marioupol./ AFP / STR © AFP This photo taken and published by the Ukrainian presidential press service on April 9, 2021 shows the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the front line with the separatists supported by Russia in the region of Maroupol. / AFP / ST

The French Presidents Emmanuel Macron, Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak Friday in videoconferencing the risks of climbing caused by the concentration of Russian troops at the border with Ukraine. "All the work we do is to avoid climbing, bring down the tensions," says the Elysee.

Since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 and the Donbass war, Ukraine lives on a tense thread. shared between its European anchorage and its partial belonging to the Russian world. Part of its territory has been amputated, another destabilized. According to the United Nations, the conflict, in eight years, has made some 13,000 victims and more than 1.5 million displaced persons. Since July 2020, a ceasefire holds, somehow.

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But in recent weeks boot sounds are starting to be heard. The violations of this ceasefire are in strong recrudescence, between the Kiev troops and the pro-Russian separatists in the east. And this acceleration of the incidents coincides with important movements of troops organized by Moscow, on the other side of the border, in Crimea and in the Black Sea. Officially, as part of military exercises that are supposed to respond to these threatening acts of NATO.

In short, the game hardens. Nobody affects wanting to attack, but all the actors say they are ready to the response. The risk of climbing is taken all the more seriously in Berlin, Paris and Washington, that the international context has also been hard for the business of Joe Biden. In particular with Russia, after the strange silent benevolence of Donald Trump for four years with regard to Vladimir Putin.

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RUSSIA has stoked fears about a looming conflict with Ukraine after pictures emerged of military vehicles decorated with ‘invasion stripes', amid claims Vladimir Putin has now deployed more than 100,000 troops close to the border. While modern technology means it is no longer necessary from an identification point of view , Putin’s forces may be seeking to intimidate Ukraine . Other pictures showed enormous, intimidating sculptures of Transformers-style robots in the pro-Russia city of Donetsk in a likely further attempt at intimidation.

The situation in Eastern Ukraine remains tense for weeks already. The ceasefire violations take place on a regular basis. However, the recent days, the situation seems to get worth. Taking into account the on-going deepening of the political crisis, the large-scale military escalation is expected in the nearest future. On April 2, Radio Svoboda Ukraine published a video reportedly showing the shelling of Ukrainian positions in the area of Donetsk airport (Peski, Vodyanoe, Donetsk region). The news agency claimed that Ukrainian positions were fired with mortars and grenade launchers.

US sanctions

The new American administration has made it clear that this suspicious indulgence was completed. And there is even a disputive with several springs between biden and Putin. Due to Russian interference in the US electoral process, with various cyber attacks against some federal agencies. Due to a more personal dispute, involving Joe Biden's son during the 2020 campaign.

yesterday, Joe Biden announced a series of financial penalties against Russia to mark this rupture, and expelled a dozen Russian diplomats . Blowing the cold just after calling Putin Tuesday, and offered him to meet in a third country. A change of course is clearly engaged in Washington, it is also seen from Iran and China.

Ukraine is thus the epicenter of this strategic hardening of the American-Russian relationship. Washington relies on its allies and, without saying it in these terms but by acting for this purpose, wants to render a Western block based on a common reading of multilateralism and the democratic base. For its part, Moscow continues, and will continue, its destabilization strategy of the East of Ukraine, as long as it perceives the risk of seeing Kiev adhering to NATO, on land it considers even as the cradle Historical Russia.

provocation? Real threats? Grab the barrels of powder always increases the risk of spark. The situation in the Donbass is taken very seriously. It is in this context that the visit to Paris, today, from the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, planned for a long time, takes a sensitive turn. Angela Merkel will join Videoconferencing at Emmanuel Macron for both reassuring the Ukrainian partner and also contain his requests.

The ball is diplomats and it is important for it to stay. This is the only register on which Europeans can actually weigh. Ukraine is from this point of view more than a European stake, it is an authentic test for new power reports.

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