The situation in the conflict around Ukraine is escalating. The United States has sent a letter to the United Nations warning of a list of people to be liquidated by the Russians. US intelligence reports that Putin has already ordered an invasion.
The United States has sent a letter to the United Nations warning of Russia’s shooting lists
6.30. According to the New York Times, the US government has sent a letter to the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, in which the US notes that Russia has compiled “lists of persons to be liquidated.” It includes Ukrainians who must be eliminated during the invasion or sent to camps. In addition, the letter states that Russia is planning mass human rights violations in Ukraine. In the past, Russia has tortured people and abducted civilians.
In particular, the lists include Russia’s enemies, including dissidents from Russia or Belarus living in Ukraine. In addition, the lists include journalists, anti-corruption activists, members of ethnic and religious minorities, and members of the LGBT community.
Washington. Biden intends to meet with Putin if he refuses to invade Ukraine
3.40: According to the White House in Washington, US President Joe Biden is ready to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for personal talks on the Ukrainian conflict. Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Sunday, February 20. in the evening (local time) after separate telephone conversations between French President Macron and Putin and Biden that “President Biden has in principle agreed to meet with President Putin, if there is no invasion.” Earlier, the Elysee Palace in Paris reported that Biden and Putin had agreed in principle to a summit.
Both leaders agreed on the main approaches to holding such a meeting. The content of the talks should be determined by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov at a meeting on Thursday, February 24, this year. The summit can only take place if Russia does not invade Ukraine.
5,000 Bundeswehr helmets are ready to be sent to Ukraine
00.10. Promised by the German Federal Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht, 5,000 protective helmets for Ukraine are now ready for transport. This was stated by the spokesman of the Federal Ministry of Defense of Germany for the “Editorial Network of Germany” (RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland, RND). He said that the helmets are ready to go. As soon as the Ukrainian side confirms all the conditions of the transfer, the helmets can be sent. They will reach their destination within three days. ”
Lambrecht announced its readiness to send protective helmets to Ukraine in late January this year. This decision has been criticized in both Ukraine and Germany, as Ukraine has repeatedly asked for weapons supplied to Ukraine by other NATO members. On Thursday last week it became known that the helmets have not been transferred to Ukraine yet.
Intensive telephone diplomacy: Macron is talking to Putin again
Monday, February 21.
00.08. In order to achieve de-escalation in the conflict around Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron late Sunday evening, February 20, this year. for the second time had a telephone conversation with Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin. This became known from a report from the Elysee Palace, without specifying the details and content. After a preliminary conversation with Putin in the morning of Sunday, February 20, Macron first held telephone talks with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. In addition, as reported from Paris, Macron also held telephone consultations with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
While Macron’s first talks with Putin lasted an hour and 45 minutes, according to the Presidential Palace in Paris, the two presidents talked for another hour in the evening. During the talks in the afternoon, both tried to reach a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and use diplomatic means to resolve the crisis.
US intelligence services: Putin has long decided to invade
22.48. According to US intelligence, Russian President Vladimir Putin last week ordered his own armed forces to invade Ukraine. This was reported in a coordinated manner by a number of US media outlets, citing special services.
The testimony explains why US President Joe Biden warned of an offensive by Russian troops last Wednesday. Wednesday passed without an invasion, but Russia continued to concentrate its troops on the border with Ukraine. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Sunday, February 20, this year. for CNN’s news bulletin, “Everything that needs to happen on the eve of the invasion seems to be happening right now.”
According to media reports, US intelligence services say that Russian troops are already taking the first steps towards the invasion. In particular, from 40 to 50 percent of the group of Russian troops, numbering 150 thousand people and concentrated on the border with Ukraine, have already been formed in combat formations. Biden said on Friday, February 18, that he was “convinced” that Putin had decided to invade. The US president’s aggressive remarks, according to media reports, should be a warning to Putin that his plans have been exposed and are intended to be an attempt to delay the start of the offensive.
The US media reported from sources in the intelligence services that “however, the issue has not been resolved through diplomatic channels.” Until Russian tanks and soldiers cross the border into Ukraine, it is possible that Putin will change his mind.
Russian Ambassador to the United States: “No Invasion”
21.46. Russia’s ambassador to Washington has dismissed Western fears of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine. On Sunday, February 20, this year Ambassador Anatoly Antonov told CBS that “there is no intrusion and there are no such plans.” According to him, Russia intends to continue to make diplomatic efforts to resolve all pressing issues.
Given Moscow’s demands to the West, he said that “we are willing to set out all the positions on paper. We want to get legal guarantees for Russia. ” Russia, Antonov said, is not a peaceful non-governmental organization. Russia does not want another wave of NATO enlargement, Antonov said, given Ukraine’s efforts to join the military alliance.
In view of this, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova said in an interview with CBS that “so, unfortunately, we expect anything.” She said that “we will work day and night, use every opportunity to deter Russia from invading.” In recent days, it has been witnessed, contrary to Ambassador Antonov’s allegations, that Russia has launched provocations in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany “We will never forget this betrayal”
20.42. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk reaffirmed his demand for the supply of lethal weapons from Germany, given the probable Russian invasion.
On Sunday, February 20, this year he told Bild TV that “today we need no words, not just statements of solidarity, we need weapons for defense.” According to the Ambassador, Germany can supply such weapons to Ukraine, but it still avoids this.
If Germany continues to refuse, and if Russian President Putin actually invades Ukraine in the next few days or weeks, it will mean a “failure of German foreign policy” and a “declaration of bankruptcy.” “And Ukrainians will never forget this betrayal,” the Ambassador stressed. Melnyk also appealed to the West to apply the sanctions announced against Russia “before the shelling of Kyiv.”
The German federal government, meanwhile, has reaffirmed its negative attitude towards arms supplies to Ukraine. German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbok (Green Party) told the Munich Security Conference on Friday (February 18th) that now was not the time to “change our course 180 degrees”. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (PSD) stressed that he currently sees no reason to change the rules of arms exports. He said on Friday, February 18, this year. after the EU-Africa summit in Brussels, that “now would be a very wrong time.”