World crisis around Ukraine: The turnaround of Alexander Lukashenko
Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says
"Russia needs to reinvent itself as a modern state," Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ukrainian ambassador to the EU, told CNBC Tuesday. "It's already gone," he said regarding the Soviet bloc which collapsed in 1991.Relations between the Kremlin and its European counterparts hit a low in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. And it has supported a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country where low-level fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian troops has continued ever since.Now, U.S.
Belarus has long supported Ukraine, but now it is firmly allied with Russia. This increases the worries in Kiev and Washington.The turnaround of Alexander Lukashenko
The warnings to the east are hardly countable, but this time Washington did not mean Moscow this time . It's Minsk. The US State Department threatened on Tuesday with a "decisive answer," Belarus should help his allied Russia to engage in Ukraine.
For years, the Belarussian ruler Alexander Lukashenko had strained the nerves in the Kremlin because he even criticized Russia as the US, because he emphasized the good, friendly relationship with the neighbor Ukraine, the Crimean annexion did not recognize because he offered himself as an intermediary Minsk peace process. The Ukrainian leaders knew: it can be reasonably counted on Lukashenko, as this himself fought for the sovereignty of his country and feared, Russia could also break Belarus.
EXPLAINER: What are US military options to help Ukraine?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is not planning to answer a further Russian invasion of Ukraine by sending combat troops. But he could pursue a range of less dramatic yet still risky military options, including supporting a post-invasion Ukrainian resistance. The rationale for not directly joining a Russia-Ukraine war is simple. The United States has no treaty obligation to Ukraine, and war with Russia would be an enormous gamble, given its potential for expanding in Europe, destabilizing the region, and escalating to the frightening point of risking a nuclear exchange. Doing too little has its risks, too.
But since the obviously manipulated presidential election before one and a half years, the situation has changed radically. Belarus is still more dependent on its Brother State of Russia, it has now recognized the Crimean Annexion, while many Belarussian regime critics are fled into Ukraine and build a new life there. Kiev and the west are now worried that in the north, Belarus, could build another threat, in the worst case even a her own front.
"Belarus is now fully with the Russian escalation campaign against Ukraine," says an analysis of the American Institute Atlantic Council. Russia is just about to enlarge his "military footprint in Belarus", as Moscow announced, twelve fighting jets, two units of the S-400 air defense system and another defense system to Belarus. Even with cyber attacks, the land "Putin's little helper" is written to the Atlantic Council.
U.S. rushes weapons into Ukraine as Biden predicts a Russian invasion
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to keep NATO allies on the "same page" after Mr. Biden said it was his "guess" that Putin would order forces to "move in" to Ukraine."He has to do something," Mr. Biden said during a White House news conference, warning that if Putin did decide to invade his neighbor, Russia would suffer "consequential" loss of life. The president didn't elaborate on the level of military assistance the U.S. might offer Ukraine in the face of an invasion, but it came as his administration worked with NATO allies to bolster Ukraine's forces — and quickly.
Belarusian hackers want Russian retreat
background is that Lukashenko and KremlChef Vladimir Putin agreed in December a common Russian-Belarusian military maneuver, which should take place from 10 to 20 February. His name: Sojusnaja Reschimostj, for example: Allied determination. That alone should not trigger anxiety in the Ukrainian lead, because there are military exercises of various kinds in the region already longer. It is rather Lukashenko's sharp tone, which has aligned himself to the Putin.
"It hurts us to see what happens in Ukraine," said the Minsk ruler, "her political leadership, which is controlled from the outside, sometimes behaves unpredictable and irrational. That's why we have to be ready for this unpredictability and, God's behavior , military actions. " Russia has annexed the Crimea, has been supporting the separatists in the Eastern Ukraine for years, has gathered more than 100,000 soldiers at the Ukrainian border - and Lukashenko fears an attack of Ukraine. According to his words: the foreign-controlled Ukraine.
Analysis: Neither Joe Biden nor Vladimir Putin can afford to lose their Ukraine standoff
Escalating psychological warfare between the United States and Russia over Ukraine is fast approaching a point at which a peaceful exit from a crisis with real-world ramifications for Americans could be impossible. © Getty Images President Joe Biden, backed by the full symbolic power of the Western alliance, is locked in a showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is using Ukraine as a hostage to try to force the US to renegotiate the settled outcome of the Cold War. Neither man is blinking. To do so may be unfeasible, given the huge political stakes both have wagered.
Belarus is different: 23 000 soldiers in western and southern neighborhood plus 10,000 NATO soldiers and 300 tanks mean that "our country has to respond to these challenges," as the Belarusian head of government Viktor Gorwitsch said the State Agency Belta. A report of the Lukasho-faithful propaganda newspaper Belarus today compares Ukraine with a failed state in Africa, in which "puppets" are in power. The name of the Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko also fell.
The Ukrainian President Wolodimir Selenskij has so far left; Obviously, he does not believe that Belarus breaks completely with his southern neighbor, especially since electricity supplies both countries joined together. Speculation, Russia could station atomic weapons in Belarus, SELENSKIJ is unlikely. With such things you do not play, and if, if he then knew at least, where part of the Russian atomic parent is available.
Some helpers in the heavy crisis seem to have Ukraine in the rest of the Belaruses themselves. The newspaper Kyiv Post reported on Wednesday, an oppositional Belarussian hacker group called CyberPartisan had successfully attacked the network of Belarussian State Railways. She is about the destruction of data and two demands: the release of all political prisoners - and the retreat of Russian troops from Belarus.
Biden warns of rare personal sanctions on Putin .
By Jeff Mason, Humeyra Pamuk and Dmitry AntonovWASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would consider personal sanctions on President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine, as Western leaders stepped up military preparations and made plans to shield Europe from a potential energy supply shock.Following multiple rounds of U.S.-Russia talks over Ukraine that failed to reach a breakthrough, Biden, who has long warned Moscow of economic consequences, upped the ante on Tuesday by saying Putin could personally face sanctions. Direct U.S.