An pressing assembly of the United Nations Safety Council is ready to convene after Russia recognised two breakaway areas in jap Ukraine and hours later mentioned it might deploy troops there to “keep peace”.
The USA mentioned the announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin was an “unprovoked violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and backed Ukraine’s name for an pressing assembly of the UN Safety Council.
The assembly is anticipated to happen at 02:00 GMT and is anticipated to be an open assembly, quite than closed-door.
Western international locations have repeatedly warned Russia to not formally recognise the separatist areas in Donetsk and Luhansk, and undermine the delicate ‘Minsk’ peace settlement in an space that’s regarded as dwelling to some 4 million folks.
Russia has been massing its forces round Ukraine’s borders for weeks, elevating concern among the many US and different Western governments that is likely to be planning to invade the nation. Moscow has insisted it has no plans to take action.
Listed here are the most recent updates:
10 minutes in the past (02:38 GMT)
Safety Council members categorical deep concern at Russia strikes
Representatives from Albania, France, India and Brazil have addressed the assembly.
All have expressed deep or extreme concern in regards to the newest developments in Ukraine, stressing the necessity for deescalation and diplomatic dialogue.
Albania’s consultant was notably vehement in his condemnation, noting that Moscow had made comparable strikes in Georgia in 2008 and in Crimea.
“Who will likely be subsequent?” Ferit Hoxha requested. “Each UN state needs to be alarmed.”
20 minutes in the past (02:28 GMT)
US says “nobody can stand on the sidelines”
US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield has simply completed addressing the council.
She has urged the UN to return collectively and condemn Russia’s transfer.
“Nobody can stand on the sidelines,” she mentioned, stressing Moscow’s actions in Ukraine symbolize “an assault on each UN member state and the UN Constitution”.
She earlier advised the assembly that Putin was wanting a return to the previous.
“Putin needs the world to journey again in time, to a time earlier than the United Nations, to a time when empires dominated the world,” she mentioned. “It isn’t 1919, it’s 2022.”
30 minutes in the past (02:18 GMT)
UN urges diplomatic answer to disaster
Opening the emergency assembly, the United Nations has expressed “nice concern” about Russia’s resolution to recognise the insurgent areas in jap Ukraine, and the implications of the most recent developments for the soundness of the area.
38 minutes in the past (02:10 GMT)
Safety Council assembly will get underway
The emergency assembly of the Safety Council has now begun.
The council is chaired by Russia.
49 minutes in the past (01:59 GMT)
Ukraine’s Zelenskyy requires ‘clear and efficient’ steps towards Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of wrecking peace talks and dominated out making any territorial concessions.
Zelenskyy was speaking in an tackle to the nation early on Tuesday morning.
He advised the nation that Ukraine was anticipating “clear and efficient” steps from its allies to behave towards Russia.
58 minutes in the past (01:50 GMT)
‘Key matter: sanctions’: Ukraine’s overseas minister
Ukraine’s Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba says he has had one other name with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“Key matter: sanctions,” he wrote on Twitter, stressing that the imposition of “powerful sanctions” was essential after Russia’s “unlawful” declaration.
Considering the dynamics of the state of affairs, I had one other name with @SecBlinken forward of our tomorrow’s assembly in Washington, DC. Key matter: sanctions. I underscored the necessity to impose powerful sanctions on Russia in response to its unlawful actions.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 22, 2022
World capitals don’t sleep now, no matter their time zones. The scope & timeline of sanctions are being finalized. Ukraine insists: additional Russian actions depend on how the world reacts. Russia have to be in little doubt that the world talks the speak and walks the stroll on sanctions.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 22, 2022
1 hour in the past (01:32 GMT)
Biden indicators ‘government order’ on sanctions focusing on insurgent areas
US President Joe Biden has signed an government order to ban all new funding, commerce, and financing by US residents to, from, or within the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk Individuals’s Republics” areas of Ukraine.
“The E.O. is designed to stop Russia from profiting off of this blatant violation of worldwide legislation. It isn’t directed on the folks of Ukraine or the Ukrainian authorities and can permit humanitarian and different associated exercise to proceed in these areas,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned in a press release.
He says the US will work with Ukraine and its allies to take motion in response to Putin’s declaration of the jap insurgent areas as “impartial”.
1 hour in the past (01:24 GMT)
Tanks seen on outskirts of Donetsk: Reuters
Reuters information company is reporting a witness seeing columns of army automobiles together with tanks on the streets on the outskirts of Donetsk early on Tuesday.
The Reuters reporter noticed about 5 tanks in a column on the sting of the town and two extra in one other a part of city.
The report says no insignia had been seen, and that no tanks had been seen on the streets in earlier days.
2 hours in the past (01:04 GMT)
UN Safety Council to fulfill after Russia transfer
The United Nations Safety Council is because of meet in simply over an hour’s time over the Ukraine disaster.
Ukraine referred to as for the assembly and was backed by america, in addition to different international locations.
Russia holds the rotating presidency of the council this month.
Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi, who’s in Washington, DC, says that there was some debate over the format of the assembly, with Russia wanting a closed-door session and different international locations led by the US pushing for an open dialogue.
2 hours in the past (00:33 GMT)
UK to announce ‘important’ Russia sanctions on Tuesday
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to announce a “important bundle of sanctions” in just a few hours time.
A spokesperson advised the Reuters information company that the sanctions will likely be agreed to at a gathering of the UK authorities’s disaster response committee at 06:30 GMT and take rapid impact.
3 hours in the past (00:15 GMT)
‘Brazen’: US requires pressing UN Safety Council assembly
Calling Russia’s transfer to recognise Luhansk and Donetsk a “brazen try to usurp Ukraine’s sovereignty”, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, america Ambassador to the United Nations has backed Ukraine’s name for an pressing assembly of the UN Safety Council.
“The Safety Council should demand that Russia respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, a UN Member State,” Thomas-Greenfield mentioned in a press release.
“There will be no fence-sitters on this disaster,” she warned.
We help Ukraine’s name for an pressing assembly of the @UN Safety Council. We should all stand with Ukraine within the face of Russia’s brazen try to usurp Ukraine’s sovereign territory. There will be no fence-sitters on this disaster. https://t.co/SI81WBLkmZ
— Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (@USAmbUN) February 21, 2022
3 hours in the past (00:06 GMT)
Russia to signal army cooperation offers with breakaway areas
Russia’s decrease home of parliament will think about draft legal guidelines to supply army cooperation and border safety to the breakaway areas in jap Ukraine afterward Tuesday.
An settlement signed by Putin and revealed on Monday exhibits Russia additionally plans to construct army bases in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Good day and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the Ukraine disaster. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
Learn all of the updates from Monday, February 21 right here.