World Provocations, multiple ceasefire violations: the tone rises between Kiev and Moscow

18:40  15 april  2021
18:40  15 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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"Moscow openly threatens Ukraine of destruction ": The sentence is the Chief of the Ukrainian diplomacy Dmyro Kouleba released this Thursday morning in front of his counterparts from the Baltic countries came to Kiev express their solidarity. On both sides, it's verbal climbing and military tension.

A new series of declarations of the Ukrainian diplomacy signs the intensity of the tension between Moscow and Kiev with this warning of the Minister of Foreign Affairs: "The Red Line for Ukraine is its state border. If Russia violates the red line, it will have to suffer ". The minister calls Westerners to impose in this case new sanctions against Russia. Now Response Classic Kremlin: Moscow "does not threaten anyone" and denounces "Ukrainian provocations" again.

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In addition to diplomatic tensions, there is an accelerated degradation of the situation on the ground. Late Wednesday, April 14, OSCE's observation mission issued this public statement: "The number of cease-fire violations, the last two weeks has reached its highest level since the beginning of the year" . In 15 days, the number of incidents has even tripled compared to the previous two weeks.

The Ukrainian president is him in full diplomatic tour: Ankara Saturday 10 April and Paris this Friday, April 15th. The United States has proposed a meeting at the Putin-Biden summit, but this perspective moves away: new American sanctions against Russia are expected in the day, sanctions motivated by Washington for interference in elections.

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