Ukraine guidelines out offensive towards Russia-backed separatists

In the meantime, Russia says it fears resumption of full-scale struggle in east Ukraine and will take steps to guard civilians.

Ukraine has stated it won’t launch an offensive towards Russia-backed separatists controlling two areas within the east, as fears develop of a big escalation in a long-running battle.

The assertion got here on Friday after combating between the Ukrainian military and separatists intensified in latest weeks and Russia massed troops on the border.

“The liberation of the quickly occupied territories by power will inevitably result in the demise of numerous civilians and casualties among the many navy, which is unacceptable for Ukraine,” Ruslan Khomchak, chief of the overall employees of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, stated in a press release.

He accused Moscow of utilizing “intimidation and blackmail by navy power” to exacerbate the state of affairs.

“Ukraine is supported by your complete civilised world. We aren’t alone within the face of the enemy,” Khomchak added.

Russian risk

Earlier on Friday, the Kremlin stated it feared the resumption of full-scale combating in japanese Ukraine and will take steps to guard civilians there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, stated in a press release: “The Kremlin has fears {that a} civil struggle may resume in Ukraine, and if a civil struggle, a full-scale navy motion resumes close to our borders that may threaten the Russian Federation’s safety.”

The White Home stated on Thursday the variety of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine was now higher “than at any time since 2014” when struggle in japanese Ukraine first broke out after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.

Amid the intensifying combating, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday visited the japanese entrance line, the place he spent the evening.

“Our nation’s destiny is decided right here,” Zelenskyy stated on Fb, whereas photographs launched by his workplace confirmed him within the trenches clad in a helmet and bulletproof vest, shaking arms with troopers.

Zelenskyy, who has urged NATO to hurry up his nation’s membership into the alliance to assist Ukraine, stated on Thursday he had visited positions the place Ukrainian troops had been killed and wounded in latest weeks.

He stated 26 Ukrainian troopers had been killed because the begin of the yr, in contrast with 50 in all of 2020.

The battle in Ukraine’s primarily Russian-speaking east has killed greater than 13,000 individuals since 2014.

On Friday, Russian Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that Ukraine’s NATO bid “wouldn’t solely lead to an enormous escalation of the state of affairs within the southeast however may additionally entail irreversible penalties for the Ukrainian statehood”.

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