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The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is getting worse. Ukrainian President Zelenskyi is hoping for a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin.

  • Russia is sending more troops to the border with Ukraine.
  • Parts of eastern Ukraine have been reacted by rebels for years.
  • The Kremlin threatens to intervene militarily in the neighboring country.

Update from Sunday, April 18, 2021, 3:17 p.m .: The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is getting worse. That is why the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj and the French head of state Emmanuel Macron have convened a meeting in Paris. Chancellor Angela Merkel also took part via video transmission. According to Zelenskyi, the peace plan agreed in 2015 was the main topic of discussion. According to information from the German Press Agency (dpa), this is currently on hold.

The Ukrainian head of state also emphasized that the crisis with Russia does not only affect his country. “We have to act very quickly now. I understand that it is our problem, but I also believe that it also affects the security of Europe as a whole, ”he added. You have to take the right steps together very quickly.

Because of a Russian troop deployment not far from the Ukrainian border, international concerns about an escalation are growing. For almost seven years, parts of the areas in eastern Ukraine along the Russian border have been controlled by separatists loyal to Moscow, according to the dpa. According to UN estimates, more than 13,000 people were killed in the fighting. Zelenskyi continues to hope for a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine conflict comes to a head: Russia is endangering Europe's security

Germany's Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also spoke out about the conflict. She accused Russia of jeopardizing security in Europe “directly and specifically”. "Russia's rearmament and its warfare in the middle of Europe has created real threats," said the CDU politician on Saturday (April 17th, 2021).

In addition, Kramp-Karrenbauer criticized the fact that Russia is “increasingly defining itself as an illiberal, anti-democratic antithesis to the West”. "The spectrum of state instruments of action that Russia is undoubtedly making active use of extends from sophisticated cyber attacks, arms exports, covert and open political influence, assassinations, direct and indirect military engagement," she added.

Ukraine conflict: Russia threatens military intervention - USA sends warships

Update from Saturday, April 10th, 2021, 1:33 p.m .: Due to the increased Russian military presence in the eastern area of ​​Ukraine, Chancellor Merkel asked Russia on Thursday (April 8th, 2021) to withdraw troops from the Ukrainian border.

Despite this, the Kremlin is now threatening military action if a new civil war breaks out in the Donetsk region. The background is that you want to protect your citizens militarily. As Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax agency, Russia would not stand idly by in the event of a possible “human catastrophe”.

Ukraine conflict: USA sends warships into the Black Sea - Russia feels provoked

Moscow has been granting Russian citizenship to Russian-speaking residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine since 2019 - despite international protests. Since more than 400,000 people there now have Russian passports, Russia regards a possible military intervention as justified.

Meanwhile, the Turkish government has announced that the US is planning to send two warships into the Black Sea. A spokeswoman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Ankara was informed about the project through diplomatic channels about two weeks ago. The ships are to remain in the Black Sea until May 4th.

The Kremlin sees this as a provocation. Foreign politician Konstantin Kosachev emphasized that "any military support for Ukraine" means that "Kiev would be encouraged to use military force in the south-east". The United States previously said that as many Russian soldiers had not been stationed on the border with Ukraine since 2014.

Ukraine conflict: Russia is stationing more troops in the border area

Update from Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, 3:10 p.m .: After Russia sent troops to Ukraine, the situation on the border seems to be worsening. NATO warns of further escalations. “NATO will continue to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We remain vigilant and continue to monitor the situation very closely, ”said a NATO spokesman world.

The 30 NATO ambassadors met on April 1st. "The Allies share concern about Russia's large-scale military activities in and around Ukraine," the spokesman said. Additional concern is that the country has violated the July 2020 ceasefire agreement. Last week, this led to the deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers, like them FAZ reported.

Russia: is an escalation threatened? Ukraine wants to solve the conflict with NATO aid

In view of the current developments, there is growing international concern that the seven-year conflict between Russia and Ukraine could escalate again. For about seven years, parts of the Ukrainian areas of Donetsk and Luhansk along the Russian border have been controlled by rebels supported by Russia.

The UN estimates that more than 13,000 people have been killed as a result of fighting with government forces. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also concerned about Russian troop movements. In a conversation with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj on Monday (April 5th, 2021), Johnson expressed the “considerable concern” and support of the British government, so FAZ.

Zelenskyi has meanwhile declared joining NATO the “only way” to peace. "The granting of the plan for membership (in the military alliance) will send a clear signal to the Russian Federation," he announced on Tuesday (April 6th, 2021) after a phone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Ukrainian armed forces are therefore continuing to work on adopting Western standards, reports the dpa.

Russia warns of Ukraine joining NATO: "will further exacerbate the situation"

The Kremlin in Moscow warned against Ukraine becoming a member of NATO. “We very much doubt that this will help Ukraine to solve its internal problem. From our point of view, this will worsen the situation, ”said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov of the Russian news agency Interfax.

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg had promised Ukraine solidarity, but had not promised any military support. It is conceivable, however, that individual alliance members such as the USA could provide support in the event of a renewed escalation. US President Joe Biden recently assured Selenskyj that he could count on America's "unshakable support" for the country's sovereignty.

"Threatening atmosphere": Russia relocates troops - Ukraine announces exercise with NATO

Update from Sunday, April 4th, 2021, 12:28 p.m .: After Russia transferred troops to Ukraine, the Ukrainian army announced a joint military exercise with NATO in a few months. More than 1000 soldiers are to take part, the armed forces write on Facebook. The exercise is intended to serve as a deterrent in the current tense situation, writes spiegel.de. But it could also worsen the relationship with Russia.

"In particular, defense will be rehearsed, followed by an offensive to restore a country's border and the territorial integrity of a state threatened by a neighboring state," the statement said. The armed forces gave no date or location of the planned exercise.

After Russia's troop transfer: Ukrainian President speaks of "threatening atmosphere"

The Ukrainian President Zelenskyi had accused Russia of creating a "threatening atmosphere" by relocating troops. The Ukrainian secret service accuses the Russian army of wanting to expand its presence in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions controlled by the pro-Russian rebels.

The Kremlin contradicts: "Russia threatens no one and has never threatened anyone," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. Regarding the possible relocation of NATO troops to Ukraine, Peskov said that "such a scenario would undoubtedly lead to a further increase in tensions near the Russian border". "Of course, this would require additional measures on the Russian side to ensure Russian security."

Experts suspect that Russia wants to test the reactions of the new US administration under President Joe Biden with its troop relocation.

After Russian troops have been relocated: Joe Biden pledges support for Ukraine

Update from Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, 1:23 p.m .: After Russia sent troops to Ukraine, US President Joe Biden is said to have assured his Ukrainian colleague Volodymyr Selenskyj over the phone that he can count on America's "unshakable support". That reports tagesspiegel.de. The White House accused Russia of "continuing aggression" in Donbass and the Crimea.

In Kiev, Zelenskyi expressed his joy at the conversation. "We stand shoulder to shoulder when we have to preserve our democracies," he wrote on the short message service Twitter.

The US Army in Europe raised its threat assessment in the region to the highest level - from “possible crisis” to “potentially imminent crisis”. That writes the New York Times. On Wednesday evening, the chief of staff of the United States, Mark Milley, also called his Russian counterpart Valery Gerasimov to inform him that the United States is watching Russia's troop transfers to Ukraine with concern.

Russia is sending massive troops to Ukraine - thousands of weapons

First report from Friday, March 2nd, 2021, 11:37 a.m .: Russia / Ukraine - Are the signs of an imminent war growing? The fact is: Russia has been moving thousands of weapons and tens of thousands of troops towards the Ukraine border and occupied Crimea for days. This is proven by verified videos from numerous regions of western Russia.

According to consistent media reports, Russia is not only moving offensive weapons, but also the logistics for a large-scale campaign to the west. In addition to tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery guns, this includes bridge building material, communication systems and military ambulances.

Russia is moving troops to Ukraine - and the Kremlin is silent

This emerges from an analysis of the investigation platform "Conflict Intelligence Team", which evaluated more than 25 videos of Russian passers-by. In addition to roads, Russia uses so many trains to relocate the army that there is no longer a heavy-duty wagon left to move tractors to harvest areas in the country, writes the Russian newspaper Kommersant.

The Kremlin and the Russian Defense Ministry are officially silent on the troop transfer, writes bild.de. However, the Russian "federal news agency Avia.Pro" reports, citing military sources: "Due to the provocation of the armed forces of Ukraine on the Russian border, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is urgently using military equipment in Crimea." To what kind of alleged "provocation" The Russian side did not reveal what Ukraine should be.

Because Russia is relocating troops: Ukrainian chief of staff warns parliament

On Wednesday evening, the Ukrainian chief of staff, Ruslan Khomchack, warned the Ukrainian parliament that Russia would move 28 of its 136 tactical battalion groups to the Ukrainian border. On Thursday he announced that Ukraine was preparing to enlist reservists in the army.

According to spiegel.de US State Department spokesman Ned Price warned the Kremlin against attempts to “intimidate or threaten our partner Ukraine”. The US is concerned "about the recent escalation of the aggressive and provocative actions by Russia in eastern Ukraine," said Price.

More than 13,000 people have already lost their lives in the conflict over eastern Ukraine. Russia rejects the allegation that it provides military support to the rebels. In July last year, the parties negotiated a ceasefire. However, since mid-February there have been repeated fights.

In February the US showed a tough change of course in foreign policy with Russia. US President Joe Biden had sent bombers to Norway. Biden had informed Putin about the new course change in an initial telephone call, reported fr.de. * (Jan Wendt) * fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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