Concerns are growing in the West about new developments in the Ukraine conflict. Russia has significantly increased its military presence in a short period of time.
MOSCOW – Vladimir Putin has followed the announcements with action. On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced plans to move warships to the Black Sea. A total of 15 warships crossed the Kerch Strait on Saturday (April 17) on the Crimean peninsula. You have to take part in maneuvers that can last for months. For this indefinite period, the sea areas around Crimea should remain uncovered. The move comes at a time when the United States has announced new sanctions against Russia.
According to Russian sources, the deployment should not affect other shipping lanes. However, concerns about current developments are growing internationally. The German newspaper quotes a top EU official as talking about “very worrying growth”. Not only is the sharply increased military presence around Crimea worrying, but so is the deployment of former Russian troops on the eastern border of Ukraine. Parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the Russian border are still controlled by separatists.
Ukraine sees “proving strength” behind Putin’s troop deployment
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Sergei Najov. “We do not see any preparations for the attack,” he said on Ukrainian television on Saturday night. “In military language we talk about expressing strength.”
Angela Merkel calls for withdrawal – Putin sends more Russian troops
The demonstration went unnoticed in Berlin and Paris. Chancellor Angela Merkel And President Emmanuel Macron Vladimir Putin It had already called for the withdrawal of troops on Friday. During a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selensky, they expressed concern about current developments. Russia’s plans for a military maneuver in the Black Sea, thus extending the next phase of the conflict, regardless of this appeal.
The relationship between Ukraine and Russia is also strained by another incident. A Ukrainian ambassador has been arrested in St. Petersburg. Alexander Sosonjuk, ambassador to the Ukrainian consulate, sought to obtain “confidential information” from a Russian citizen. (rm with dpa)
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