Citizens are participating in military exercises on territorial defense amid tensions on the border with Russia in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Ukraine, February 13, 2022.
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Russia has compiled lists of Ukrainians after the invasion, a US official said when President Vladimir Putin was going to address his country security council.
In a letter to the UN head of human rights, saw NBC News, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bathsheba Nell Crocker said the U.S. has “credible information” that Russia has compiled lists of Ukrainians “who will be killed or sent to camps” after the invasion. On Sunday evening, for the first time reported on the contents of the letter The Washington Post.
“We also have credible information that Russian forces are likely to use deadly measures to disperse peaceful protests or otherwise oppose peaceful exercises of alleged resistance from civilians,” she said.
On Monday, the Kremlin denied Crocker’s allegations, calling reports that Russia had compiled such lists a “fiction” when asked by reporters.
“You realize it’s an absolute fake, that’s a lie?” he said.
Crocker also said in her letter that other human rights violations and abuses after the invasion were planned in Moscow. Crocker warned that those who oppose Russia’s actions, including Russian and Belarusian dissidents in exile in Ukraine, as well as journalists, religious and ethnic minorities and the LGBTQI + community, run the risk of being abused.
Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexei Reznikov This was reported by the Ukrainian TV company ICTV on Monday, the invasion is unlikely to take place “tomorrow or the day after tomorrow”, as no Russian “strike group” has gathered at the border.
However, he added that these groups could be set up in a matter of weeks.
This came after the White House warned that Moscow planned to launch a full-scale attack on Ukraine “very soon”, and The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson warned about it there was evidence that Russia was planning “the biggest war in Europe since 1945.”
Last week, the U.S. estimated they were now between 169,000 and 190,000 Russian troops in Ukraine and nearby, compared to 100,000 at the end of January. The updated figures were given despite Russia’s claims that it had begun withdrawing troops from the border, which were also contradicts NATO and the EU.
Russia has repeatedly denied plans to invade neighboring Ukraine. She demanded assurances that Ukraine would never be admitted to NATO – a request rejected by the military alliance and the United States – and says it wants the organization to reduce its presence in Eastern Europe.
Paste As Reuters reported on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it an “extraordinary session” to address the Russian Security Council in the near future.
Peskov also told reporters Monday that while tensions around Ukraine are rising, Russian diplomatic officials are acting, according to Reuters.
Fighting between Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, which has been going on for eight years, has intensified over the past week. Russian state media and Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly pointed fingers at each other over shelling and other ceasefire violations.
On Monday, Ukraine’s defense ministry said Russian occupation forces had carried out “another provocation to falsely accuse the Ukrainian military.”
“[The] The aggressor opened heavy fire on Luhansk from the village of Labachou, ”the agency said.
Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian authorities have said they have recorded 80 ceasefire violations, 72 of which involve the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, treaties signed in 2014 and 2015 by Ukraine, Russia and separatist leaders.
“As Ukrainian defenders refrain from any aggressive action that could provoke a violent reaction, the occupying forces continue to destroy civilian infrastructure in the temporarily occupied territories and sporadically fire on civilian settlements,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry added. “Obviously, the enemy continues to use the Russian propaganda machine to wage an information war, make false accusations against the Ukrainian Armed Forces and further escalate the situation.”
On Saturday, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe recorded more than 1,500 ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, including 1,413 explosions.
Eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border, has long been the scene of inactive fighting. The OSCE has regularly reported ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine during the eight-year conflict, which has killed about 13,000 people, but the number has risen sharply in recent days.
Last week, the leader of one of the separatist-occupied areas in eastern Ukraine announced that residents would be evacuated to Russia with the help of the Russian government. This came after the country’s lawmakers last week asked Putin to officially recognize the two self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine as independent.
Kremlin spokesman Peskov said Monday that “provocative and aggressive actions by Ukraine’s armed forces” have led Russia to take measures to “ensure the safety and save the lives of civilians,” Russian state media reported.
Russian state media on Monday also continued their allegations that Ukrainian government forces had carried out shelling and other attacks on separatist-controlled territory.
Western officials warn that Russia could make false statements about the conflict in eastern Ukraine to justify military aggression and invasion, in what the United States and Britain have called a “false flag attack.”
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said last week at the UN Security Council that it could include a fabricated terrorist bombing, a fictitious discovery of a mass grave, a staged drone strike on civilians or a fake chemical weapons attack.
On sunday announced the White House that president Joe Biden “In principle” agreed to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, provided that there will be no invasion of Ukraine. However, the United States still warns that Moscow is preparing for a “full-scale assault on Ukraine very soon.”
On Monday, the Kremlin said there were no specific plans to meet Putin and Biden, according to Reuters.
Blinken is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Europe later this week, provided Moscow does not take any military action.
Biden convened a meeting of the National Security Council on Sunday to discuss escalating tensions around Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, US Vice President Kamala Harris warned that there was now a “real possibility of war in Europe” for the first time in more than 70 years.
“As the President said, we believe that Putin has made his decision. Deadline,” she said.
The package of sanctions developed by the United States and its allies, which will be imposed against Russia in the event of an invasion, is “one of the greatest sanctions, if not the strongest, we have ever imposed,” Harris added.