World Conflict in Ukraine: Russia deploys its fleet on the edge of Crimea

20:20  09 april  2021
20:20  09 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Russia escalates fighting in eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Chairman Milley

  Russia escalates fighting in eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Chairman Milley Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine and a buildup of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border prompted Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley to call his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts Wednesday and U.S. European Command to reportedly elevate its alert status to the highest level. © Provided by Washington Examiner Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, taking the Crimean Peninsula and forcing a frozen conflict in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine that ended with a July 2020 cease-fire. That cease-fire appears to have broken Friday, when four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two were injured by Russian-backed separatists.

Une frégate russe. (Illustration). © AFP - - A Russian frigate. (Drawing).

The verbal and diplomatic escalation continues between Ukraine and Russia, while Dmitry Kozak, in charge of Donbass file with Vladimir Putin, warned that Russia could have to "defend" separatists in case of military operation Ukrainian large and a military climbing would, "the beginning of the end, for the Ukrainian state". Yet, it is indeed Russia that seems to increase its pressures on the Ukrainian border, not only in the Donbass, but also on sea. For Thursday, April 8, Russia sent a fight fleet on the edge of Crimea, And very close to Ukrainian coasts.

Ukraine and Russia have 2,000 kilometers of common border and, Russian side, one observes a military reinforcement in all directions. In Kiev, the concerns go to the southern flank, that of Crimea, but also the whole maritime facade, on the Black Sea.

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.

Thursday, April 8, the press service of the Russian army confirmed that a fleet of ten gunners and landing boats was transported to the Black Sea from the Baltic Sea. The Russian Navy of course evokes exercises, this is how the Kremlin describes the situation at the border, while for many military specialists, Russia has no more troops around Ukraine since 2015.

Bluff or preparations for a major offensive, it is still too early to know it. But Pavel Felgenhauer, a renowned Russian military expert, who had planned the 2008 War, between Russia and Georgia, believes that a conflict will burst in the spring, south of Ukraine, and that this time it will be An amphibious war, on the Ukrainian littoral, reports our correspondent to Kiev, Stéphane Siohan .

Military tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates

  Military tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates The conflict between Russia and Ukraine started more than seven years ago when Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula. Now, the two countries are at war in eastern Ukraine. The so-called “frozen conflict” has heated up again. Fighting is escalating in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, and there have been reports of military buildup in Crimea and on the Russian side of the border. Host Carol Hills speaks with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commanding general of the US Army in Europe until 2017. TRANSCRIPT:Carol Hills:For the past seven years, Russia and Ukraine have been engaged in what's called a 'frozen conflict.' Now it’s heating up again.

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Two American warships will cross the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea

The United States will send two warships in the Black Sea via the Strait Bosphorus, said Friday the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The two vessels will cross the Bosphorus separately on 14 and 15 April respectively to the Black Sea and the 4th and 5th of May in the opposite direction, indicated a source of the Ministry at the France Presse Agency.

The announcement of the next sending of American warships will occur on the eve of a visit by the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Turkey to meet his Turkish counter recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ukraine excludes any military offensive against the pro-Russian separatists

Ukraine excluded on a military offensive against the pro-Russian separatists of the eastern country, where the deadly clashes have multiplied in recent weeks.

In a statement released on Facebook, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces, General Rouslan Khomtchak pointed out that Kiev supports a "political and diplomatic" solution to recover the territories that escape him since the beginning of this conflict in 2014. He In addition denounced as "a deformation campaign" piloted by Russia of "reports" saying that Kiev was preparing an offensive, while the Ukrainians accuse them Moscow to massage his troops at his borders. According to Ukraine, the Kremlin could look for a pretext for triggering a major military operation.

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EXPLAINER: What's behind the conflict in eastern Ukraine? .
MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions are rising over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with growing violations of a cease-fire and a massive Russian military buildup near its border with the region. Ukraine and the West have become worried about the Russian troops' concentration and have urged Moscow to pull them back. Russia has argued that it's free to deploy its forces on its territory and sternly warned the government in Kyiv against using force to reclaim control of the rebel-held territory east where more than 14,000 people have died in seven years of fighting. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Dec.

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