In Ukraine, between bombings and evacuations, the situation is explosive

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In the east of Ukraine, where the conflict has been raging since 2014 between the separatists and the Ukrainians, the situation is tense. Shelling continued to be heard in Stanitsa Luganska, a city under Ukrainian control, and evacuations of civilians were announced.

The separatist leader of the Donetsk region, Denis Pushilin, announced an evacuation to Russia, “in the first place women, children and the elderly”. His counterpart from the neighboring “republic” of Lugansk, Leonid Passetchnik, did the same before calling “all men capable of holding a weapon to defend their homeland”. A decision described as a “cynical maneuver” by the United States, seeing in it the preparations for a military attack on Moscow.

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“This crisis is not a Ukrainian crisis. It’s a Russian crisis. »

The head of German diplomacy Annalena Baerbock castigated this Friday the “absolutely unacceptable threat” that Russia represents for European security, considering that the crisis is not Ukrainian but Russian.

The number of the day

190,000. This is the number of Russian soldiers on the outskirts of Ukraine and on its territory, according to an estimate by the United States on Friday. This assessment, which includes the separatist forces, illustrates the escalation of the conflict while Washington spoke so far of 150,000 soldiers at the country’s borders.

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The escalation continues in Ukraine and fears of a Russian military intervention were further accentuated on Friday. Clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces have multiplied. The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken denounced the implementation of “a scenario” of “provocations” designed by the Russians in order to justify an attack on Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin accused Kiev of fueling the conflict and noted a “worsening of the situation in the Donbass”. During an interview with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, the leader also announced for tomorrow “one of the most important events in the context of this military cooperation”, without further details.

Calls for calm, like that of Emmanuel Macron, who called for the “cessation of military acts”, are increasing. A virtual meeting of European countries and NATO is scheduled for this Friday and US President Joe Biden is due to speak around 10 p.m.

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