Russia and Ukraine are currently having a battle over the Crimean Peninsula. There is some confusion as Russia says they were involved in a cyber attack against their electrical grid, while Ukraine claims Russians invaded and annexed Crimea with military equipment. While this war continues, the United States is considering the use of nuclear weapons to end the conflict.
The G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China was put on hold after US President Donald Trump said that the summit would be delayed until Russian President Vladimir Putin’s promise of peace in Ukraine was fulfilled. It is unclear what this means for the future of the meeting or whether it will even happen at all.
Putin Asks for UN Intervention
On September 5th, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech in which he called for the United Nations to intervene in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War. Putin stated that the annexation of Crimea was legitimate and that Ukraine was RESPONSIBLE for the ongoing violence in the east. The Ukrainian government has consistently denied any involvement in the violence and has demanded that Russia withdraw their military forces from the region.
Since Putin’s speech, tensions have continued to rise between Russia and Ukraine. On September 7th, Ukrainian forces captured two Russian soldiers who had been fighting on the side of pro-Russian separatists. In response, Putin ordered a full mobilization of Russian military forces in Crimea.
The situation remains tense as both sides continue to build up their forces. The Russian military has already begun reinforcing its troops in Crimea, while Ukraine is rumored to be planning a major offensive against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. It is unclear what will happen next, but we will continue to update you as events unfold.
Russia Gives Ukrainians 48 Hours to Submit to Russian Control
Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia will give Ukraine 48 hours to submit to Russian control or face military action.
This comes after a series of recent military confrontations between the two countries. The latest clash saw Russian troops enter Crimea, which is a part of Ukraine.
Putin has warned that further incursions into Ukraine could lead to wider conflict. He said: “We are not threatening anyone and don’t want to start a global war, but we will do everything necessary so that nobody encroaches on Russia’s interests.”
Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has rejected Putin’s offer and called for international support. He said: “It is not possible to accept this ultimatum from Putin without international guarantees and without the participation of the United Nations.”
Ukraine Appeals to NATO
Ukraine appealed to NATO for help in the Russia-Ukraine War on Friday, saying it is facing a “coordinated military operation” from Moscow.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was “closely watching the developments in eastern Ukraine and stands ready to provide assistance if requested.”
Ukraine has been struggling since the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution against Russian annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in the east. The war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced over 1.5 million.
NATO General Calls on Russia and Ukraine to End Conflict.
The NATO General Secretary has called on Russia and Ukraine to end their conflict and deescalate the situation. He said that NATO was “closely monitoring developments” in the region.
NATO General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia and Ukraine to end their conflict on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
“I call on both Russia and Ukraine to end the conflict. which is not in their interest or in the interest of the international community,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference in Brussels.
The NATO general’s comments come as fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists continues to rage across eastern Ukraine. The conflict has killed more than 10,000 people since it began in 2014.
Stoltenberg urged Russia to halt its support for the separatists, saying that Moscow should use its “unique influence” over Moscow-backed rebel groups to help resolve the crisis.
As the Russia-Ukraine War enters its fourth day, Russian president Vladimir Putin has once again raised the specter of nuclear war. Speaking during a meeting with military chiefs, Putin said that Russia would “respond to any aggression with an immediate response involving all types of weapons” and vowed to use tactical nuclear weapons if necessary. This statement comes on the heels of a report from the Russian Defense Ministry saying that Moscow has massed 120,000 troops near Ukraine’s border. With global condemnation mounting and talks between Moscow and Kiev seemingly at a standstill, it appears that the war may only get worse before it gets better.
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