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World Ukraine's president visits Donbass as tension mounts with Russia

12:20  08 april  2021
12:20  08 april  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Russia-Ukraine: President Joe Biden displays his unwavering support in Kiev

 Russia-Ukraine: President Joe Biden displays his unwavering support in Kiev © Pablo Martinez Monsivais The military situation has deteriorated in the Ukrainian donbass, in recent weeks, and Russia shows the muscles by sending troops at the Ukrainian border, as well as in Crimea. US President Joe Biden has therefore sent strong signals by affirming alongside his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky. In Ukraine, diplomatic tensions between Kiev and Moscow are transferred to the first serious test between Russia and the new American administration.

Ukraine and Russia have traded blame for the increase in violence in the conflict, which Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people since 2014. Russia , which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, has denied sending troops and heavy weapons to Donbass . Ukrainian government forces and pro- Russian KYIV (Reuters) - President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he was visiting eastern Ukraine on Thursday, following a rise in tension with Russia over a long-running conflict. Kyiv has raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and Russia , and over a rise in violence

Last summer, Ukraine ’ s former president Leonid Kravchuk, who now serves on the Donbass negotiation team, revealed that he tried to move talks from Minsk to Sweden. Moscow warns of ‘measures’ against any Western troop deployment in Ukraine , as Kiev cites guarantees of US support in a conflict. The conflict is taking place in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine , collectively known as Donbass , where a civil war has raged for almost seven years. Separatists now control large swathes of land and have declared themselves to be independent of Kiev. While Russia does not

KYIV (Reuters) - President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he was visiting eastern Ukraine on Thursday, following a rise in tension with Russia over a long-running conflict.

a man wearing a hat and holding a gun: FILE PHOTO: A service member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard at fighting positions in Luhansk Region © Reuters/OLEKSANDR KLYMENKO FILE PHOTO: A service member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard at fighting positions in Luhansk Region

Kyiv has raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and Russia, and over a rise in violence along the line of contact separating Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's Donbass region.

Russia says the troop movements are defensive and a senior Russian official has said Moscow has no plans to intervene in the conflict in eastern Ukraine that began in 2014.

The West waits for Putin's next move as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise

  The West waits for Putin's next move as Russia-Ukraine tensions rise There has been a significant uptick in tensions between Russia and Ukraine in recent weeks, prompting fears there could be a revival in the military conflict.Since Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, there have been ongoing skirmishes between Ukraine's troops and pro-Russian separatists in Donbass, a region in eastern Ukraine. The fighting, which has been punctuated by periods of cease-fire (which both sides have accused the other of violating), is believed to have killed around 14,000 people.

Ukrainian media on Wednesday accused Russia of escalating violence in the Donbass region and continuing to move large amounts of military hardware to the Ukrainian border using highways and railroads. Ukrainian military officials have expressed concern that Russia is preparing an invasion or incursion under the cover of military drills. Recent change? Yes, the fake President Biden was installed by the Banksters. The Banksters want war with Russia . The Ukraine army, under instruction from Washington, has been shelling the Donbass as deliberate provocation.

Amid fears of worsening clashes in eastern Ukraine , Russian and American diplomats have held unscheduled bilateral talks in an effort to forestall an all-out conflict, which Moscow has warned could spell disaster for the region. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Over the weekend, Ukraine ' s representative in talks over the future of Donbass said that the US-led military bloc was preparing itself for a potential conflict with Russia . "A large-scale NATO exercise has begun, called DefenderEurope 2021," Aleksey Arestovich said, adding that "this basically translates to Defend

"As the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, I want to be with our soldiers in the tough times in #Donbas. Going to the locations of the escalation," Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelenskiy's chief of staff, told Reuters that the president wanted to "directly assess the situation on the spot."

Zelenskiy called on NATO on Tuesday to lay out a path for Ukraine to join the Western military alliance. His comments drew an immediate rebuke from Moscow, which said Kyiv's approach to NATO could further inflame the situation.

Ukraine and Russia have traded blame for the increase in violence in the conflict, which Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people since 2014. Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, has denied sending troops and heavy weapons to Donbass.

Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists accuse each other of breaching a ceasefire in Donbass. Zelenskiy said this week that 24 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed so far this year.

Another Ukrainian serviceman were killed in shelling by separatist forces on Thursday morning, bringing the number of deaths to five in the past three days, the Ukrainian military said.

"R.I.P. to the 23-year-old soldier who was shot last night. Ukraine needs peace and will do everything for this," Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter.

(Reporting by Ilya Zhegulev and Pavel Polityuk, writing by Pavel Polityuk, editing by Timothy Heritage)

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