US News Ukraine asks to talk with Russia on Donbass, Moscow adds the ears
Lead 1-Ukraine-France and Germany concerned about the multiplication of cease-fire violations
France-Germany / Ukraine-Russia (lead 1): Lead 1-Ukraine-France and Germany concerned By the multiplication of ceasefire violations (updated with context, statements) Paris, April 3 (Reuters) - France and Germany are concerned about the multiplication of ceasefire violations in the East of Ukraine and call for "immediate de-escalation" tensions, indicated the two countries in a common statement from their Ministry of Foreign Affairs published Saturday.
Ukraine-crisis-Russia: Ukraine asks to talk with Russia on donbass, Moscow turns a deaf ear
by Ilya Zhegulev
Kiev (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski has not yet been able to discuss with his counterpart Russian Vladimir Putin about the conflict in the east of Ukraine, although he expressed the wish, said Monday the president of the president.
Kiev and Moscow reject mutually the responsibility for the aggravation of the situation in the eastern Donbass region, where Ukrainian troops fought against the forces supported by Russia in a conflict which, according to Kiev, killed 14,000 since 2014 .
Ukraine calls NATO to accelerate its membership to send "a signal" to Moscow
"NATO is the only way towards the end of the war in the Donbass," wrote President Volodymyr Zelensky In a tweet addressed to the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg. Moscow immediately reacted, considering that such an approach would aggravate the conflict. View on Euronews © STR / AFP The tension is still mounting a cran between Kiev and Moscow.
Iuliia Mendel, spokesman for the Ukrainian President, said Monday in Reuters that Volodimir Zelenski had tried without success to talk with Vladimir Putin on this subject.
"The Chair's Office has of course asked to talk to Vladimir Putin. We have not received an answer yet and we strongly hope that it is not a refusal of dialogue," she said.
The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said he had not been notified of such a request for "in recent days" talks.
asked if Vladimir Putin had something to say to Volodimir Zelenski, the spokesman said he hoped that he qualifies as "political wisdom" prevailed in Kiev to defuse and avoid a potential conflict.
According to Iuliia Mendel, Russia would have massaged more than 40,000 soldiers along the eastern border of Ukraine and the country would have mobilized the same number of fighters in Crimea.
Ukraine does not want a military offensive against the pro-Russian rebels
© AFP President Volodymyr Zelensky salutes Ukrainian troops not far from the forehead held by pro-Russian separatists in the region of Maroupol, 9 April 2021. Depending on the leader of the Ukrainian armed forces, Kiev will not lead a military operation against the eastern separatists supported by Russia. Tensions between the two countries are climbed from a notch these last days, Ukraine accusing Moscow to seek a pretext for an armed confrontation. diplomacy rather than the sound of weapons.
These figures are higher than those disclosed in Parliament in March by the head of the Ukrainian armed forces.
The spokesperson added that the Ukrainian president had to go soon in Paris. He should meet Emmanuel Macron by the end of this week.
Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine Friday to be at the origin of "dangerous provocative actions" in the Donbass area. According to the Kremlin, Russia is free to mobilize its troops for defensive purposes as it intends, in its territory.
The aggravation of the situation has caused the concern of the Western allies of Ukraine. Washington and NATO denounced the intensification of "provocative" shares of Russia.
(French version Lucinda Langlands-Perry, published by Jean-Michel Bélot)
The EU condemns the decision of Moscow to expel 20 Czech diplomats .
Czech Republic-Russia / EU: EU condemns the decision of Moscow to expel 20 Czech diplomats April 20 (Reuters) - the European Union deplores The decision of Russia to expel 20 Czech diplomats and fully supports the Czech Republic, said the European Commission in a statement published Monday night. "The European Union is deeply concerned by the harmful habits of the malicious behavior of Russia in Europe," she said.