President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (Volodymyr Zelensky) delivered a speech in the country last night to warn people of the possibility of war with Russia. He also addressed the Russian President Vladimir Putin directly, urging him to resign and proposed a meeting.
Zelensky said: “Does Ukraine start a war? No. Is it ready? Yes. Our motto is simple: Ukraine will not start a war first, but will fight the last person.”
At the end of the statement, Zelensky began to speak in Russian and addressed the Russian president directly. He rejected Putin’s claim that only if someone threatens Russian speakers in the east will the Russian army be active in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Putin said to Putin: “It is impossible to achieve peace on tanks. I call on you to meet anywhere in the war-torn Donbas of Ukraine.”
He wrote that so far, the Kremlin has not responded to Zelensky’s call New York Times.
European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell announced that 100,000 Russian soldiers gathered at the Ukrainian border and annexed Crimea yesterday.
On Monday, Borel delivered a speech at a press conference, saying that there were more than 150,000 soldiers, and refused to disclose the source of this number. Subsequently, his office issued a correction without further explanation for the new smaller number of more than 100,000 soldiers.
In an interview with Reuters, an American official who asked not to be named said that Russia is gathering thousands of soldiers, but did not realize that there are more than 150,000 soldiers.
Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanenak said that the Czech Republic today issued an ultimatum asking to Russia, asking Russia to allow the repatriation of 20 deported Czech embassy staff or expelling other diplomats in Prague by Thursday. So that the number of staff in each embassy is equal.
Recall that after similar actions in the Czech Republic, Russia expelled 20 Czech diplomats on Monday in retaliation. The diplomat left the country within 24 hours.
The Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats on Saturday, saying that two suspected Russian spies were killed in a bombing in the Czech town of Vrbetice in 2018. The two spies were accused of poisoning Sergey in 2018. Sergei Skripalj and his daughter were in the UK, killing both of them. The Czechs claimed that the investigation established a connection between the Russian intelligence service and the location of the explosion, which is about 300 kilometers east of Prague.
The Czech Interior Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Hamachek said on public television that the police concluded that the two suspects in the bombing and the British were looking for poisoned Russian military intelligence officers Alexander Petrov and Lu. Slan Boshirov is the same.
Today, Russian police detained thousands of protesters at a rally across the country due to the poor health of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The OVD-Info monitoring team reported that 1,004 people were arrested during the protest, including 351 in St. Petersburg and 87 in Ufa, Ural.