Ukraine disaster: Tens of thousands of casualties within days of invasion, US warns


Pro-Moscow separatists preventing in Ukraine’s japanese areas have known as on Russia to ship ‘navy help’ after a flurry of what seemed to be false flag assaults early Monday that they blamed on Kiev. 

Leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic each appealed to the Kremlin to ship troops and weapons throughout the border after accusing Ukrainian forces of shelling them and launching ‘sabotage’ missions throughout the border. Russia additionally claimed a border outpost in its Rostov-on-Don area was hit. 

Kiev strongly denies finishing up any artillery or bomb assaults, accusing separatists of faking the blasts – together with utilizing limbs collected from morgues to pose as ‘victims’ – as a pre-text for Russia to assault below the guise of ‘defending’ the breakaway areas.

As the disinformation struggle escalated, Putin known as an unscheduled ‘extraordinary’ meeting of his full safety council amid fears he’s about to offer the order for Russian troops to invade – sparking a bloody struggle and probably the most severe stand-off between East and West because the Cold War.

The Kremlin denies plans to assault however movies taken at the moment confirmed Russian tanks and assist automobiles in ‘battle formations’ within the Belgorod area – simply throughout the border from Kharkiv the place main Ukrainian navy bases are situated – with some lower than three miles from the dividing line. 

Many of the automobiles featured a letter ‘Z’ painted on the facet, which first started showing on the weekend and which observers consider might denote particular battle teams for when an assault takes place. 

Boris Johnson’s spokesman stated at the moment that it seems Putin’s invasion plan has ‘already begun’, however {that a} ‘window for diplomacy’ nonetheless exists. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, after meeting with NATO, stated an invasion seems ‘extremely possible’ however that diplomacy have to be pursued. 

Russia’s ambassador to the UK dismissed Britain’s efforts at talks, whereas the Kremlin rebuffed hopes of a summit between Biden and Putin to happen subsequent week which France claimed to have brokered and which the White House agreed to ‘in precept’.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated it was ‘untimely’ to begin discussing talks between the 2 males and that nothing ‘concrete’ had been agreed. But officers in Berlin stated German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will converse to the Russian chief on the telephone at the moment.

Meanwhile Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s defence minister, used an look earlier than EU ministers in Brussels to name for early sanctions towards Russia with a purpose to deter an assault. His name was rebuffed, although the bloc did conform to ship a navy coaching mission to help the nation’s armed forces. 

Elsewhere at the moment… 

  • US officers warned Russian battle plans name for ‘overwhelming’ fireplace towards Ukraine that might trigger ‘tens of thousands of casualties’ within days of an invasion
  • US additionally warned Russia has ready a hit-list of individuals it desires to kill or ship to detention camps if Ukraine falls, with dissidents, journalists, political figures , ethnic minorities and LGBTQ individuals all on the listing
  • Fresh explosions have been heard in Ukraine’s japanese areas with separatist leaders claiming a hospital was struck by a shell and that ‘clashes’ have taken place close to the Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol
  • Russia claimed {that a} Ukrainian shell hit its territory within the Rostov-on-Don area, destroying an unoccupied guard submit. Kiev has strongly denied shelling separatist or Russian positions   
  • Pro-Russian separatists stated 60,000 individuals have now been evacuated from rebel-held areas to Russia  
  • Air France introduced it’s halting all flights to and from Kiev, following comparable transfer by Germany’s Lufthansa 

Russian tanks an armoured automobiles are seen in what observers described as ‘battle formation’ near the border with Ukraine at the moment, with a ‘Z’ image painted on the perimeters which is believed to indicate a battle group

Russian missile batteries (left) and cellular bridge development items (proper) are seen in a ‘battle formation’ in Maslova Pristan, round 10 miles from the border with Ukraine at the moment

Russia has moved its forces to within three miles of the Ukrainian border, with tanks noticed on manoeuvres in Kursk (left) on the weekend and assist vans in Belgorod (proper) on Monday

Russian ‘terminator’ tanks – armoured automobiles which can be designed to assist infantry items preventing in city areas – have been noticed being transferred to the frontlines on the weekend

Russia ‘used physique components from morgue to pretend assaults in Donbass’

Ukraine at the moment accused Russia of taking corpses from morgues and utilizing them in incidents of pretend assaults blamed on Kiev.

In one piece of footage, pro-Moscow journalists reporting from a market within the Donetsk area claimed a ‘saboteur’ had tried to plant a bomb there within the morning whereas individuals did their purchasing.

Reporters claimed the ‘prison ‘ had been blown up by safety forces earlier than exhibiting pictures of physique components scattered across the street.

But Kiev stated the limbs had possible been taken from an area morgue and positioned to look as if an assault had taken place, in an effort to justify Russia marching troops into the area to guard locals. 

‘We assume that they take corpses from morgues and blow them up for imitation,’ stated an official.

A second such incident was reported elsewhere within the Donbass area, as separatist channels reported {that a} miner had been killed in a blast. 

‘As we have seen up to now, we count on Russia will attempt to power cooperation by way of intimidation and repression,’ a US official instructed Foreign Policy journal on Friday, earlier than a letter containing the allegations was despatched to the US on Monday.

‘These acts, which in previous Russian operations have included focused killings, kidnappings/compelled disappearances, detentions, and the use of torture, would possible goal those that oppose Russian actions.

‘[That] contains Russian and Belarusian dissidents in exile in Ukraine, journalists and anti-corruption activists, and susceptible populations corresponding to non secular and ethnic minorities and LGBT individuals.’

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov known as the claims an ‘absolute lie’. 

There are actually regarded as 190,000 Russian troops on the border of Ukraine comprising round three quarters of its typical forces backed by 500 fighter jets, 50 heavy bombers, and dozens of assault helicopters.

The Kremlin denies it has plans to assault, however Western allies say Putin is making an attempt to concoct a pretext to invade by stirring up battle in two breakaway japanese areas – Donetsk and Luhansk – and staging ‘false flag’ assaults to justify marching his troops in on a mission to ‘shield’ them.

Heavy shelling was reported alongside the frontline on the weekend, leaving a number of Ukrainian troops useless, following what Russian state media claimed have been terror assaults focusing on high officers and a gasoline pipeline within the two areas – which the West stated was staged.

Fighting continued on Monday, with separatist commanders alleging that artillery had been fired into the Donetsk area and struck a hospital with ‘clashes’ reported close to Mariupol. Russia individually claimed {that a} Ukrainian shell had blown up a guard submit in Rostov-on-Don. Ukraine denies firing at both separatist or Russian territory.

The Kremlin has additionally been pushing claims that ‘mass graves’ containing the our bodies of civilians killed by Ukrainian troops have been found within the area, and at the moment submitted paperwork containing these allegations to the UN Security Council.

Tens of of thousands of civilians – principally girls, kids and the aged – have now being evacuated from rebel-held areas into Russia because of the ‘risk’. Fighting-age males have been ordered to remain behind below the risk of authorized sanctions in the event that they attempt to depart.

In what seemed to be a last-ditch diplomatic gambit brokered with the help of French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House stated Biden has agreed ‘in precept’ to a meeting with Putin so long as he holds off on launching an assault.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated the administration has been clear that ‘we’re dedicated to pursuing diplomacy till the second an invasion begins.’ 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are set to fulfill on Thursday in Europe – so long as Russia doesn’t ship its troops into Ukraine beforehand.

‘We are at all times prepared for diplomacy. We are additionally able to impose swift and extreme penalties ought to Russia as a substitute select struggle,’ Psaki stated in assertion. 

‘And at present, Russia seems to be persevering with preparations for a full-scale assault on Ukraine very quickly.’

Despite the risk, life within the capital Kiev outwardly continued as normal for a lot of Sunday, with brunches and church companies, forward of what Biden stated late final week was an already decided-upon Russian assault.

Katerina Spanchak, who fled a area of japanese Ukraine when it was taken over by Russian-allied separatists, was amongst worshippers crowded into the capital’s St. Michael’s monastery, smoky with the candles burned by the devoted, to hope that Ukraine be spared.

Video reveals one other Russian subject hospital established within the Belgorod area, close to the border with Ukraine, amid fears it marks one of the ultimate preparations for an assault

‘We all love life, and we’re all united by our love of life,’ Spanchak stated, pausing to compose herself. ‘We ought to recognize it every single day. That’s why I believe all the pieces will likely be effective.’

‘Our joint prayers will assist to elude this tragedy, which is advancing,’ stated one other worshipper, who recognized himself solely by his first title, Oleh.

A U.S. official stated Sunday that Biden’s assertion that Putin has made the choice to roll Russian forces into Ukraine was based mostly on intelligence that Russian front-line commanders have been given orders to start last preparations for an assault. The official spoke on the situation of anonymity to explain the delicate intelligence.

The United States and lots of European international locations have charged for weeks that Putin has constructed up the forces he must invade Ukraine – a westward-looking democracy that has sought to maneuver out of Russia’s orbit – and is now making an attempt to create pretexts to invade.

Western nations have threatened large sanctions if Putin does.

U.S. officers on Sunday defended their determination to carry off on their deliberate monetary punishments of Russia forward of any invasion, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy known as passionately Saturday for the West to do extra.

‘If you pull the set off on that deterrent, properly then, it does not exist anymore as a deterrent,’ Pentagon spokesman John Kirby instructed Fox on Washington’s sanctions risk.

Russia held nuclear drills Saturday in addition to the standard workout routines in Belarus, and has ongoing naval drills off the coast within the Black Sea.

The announcement that Russia was reversing its pledge to withdraw its forces from Belarus got here after two days of sustained shelling alongside a contact line between Ukraine’s troopers and Russian-allied separatists in japanese Ukraine, an space that Ukraine and the West fear may very well be the flashpoint in igniting battle.

Vladimir Putin is pictured at the moment chairing an pressing meeting of Russia’s full safety council, amid fears he may very well be about to offer an order to cross the border

Ukrainian tanks participate in coaching drills at an unknown location someplace in Ukraine, in a picture taken on Sunday however launched by the navy on Monday

Ukrainian troopers and helicopters participate in navy drills at an unspecified space someplace in Ukraine on Sunday

A Ukrainian soldier goals a machine-gun mounted on high of an armoured car throughout coaching workout routines on Sunday

An picture taken from the cockpit of a Ukrainian assault helicopter reveals a second helicopter flying in formation throughout navy drills in an undisclosed space of the nation on Sunday

A Ukrainian soldier goals his rifle throughout coaching workout routines someplace within the nation, which came about on Sunday

Canadian navy assist arrives at Lviv airport, within the west of Ukraine, late Sunday because the West continues to produce the military with defensive weapons towards a Russian assault

Biden convened the National Security Council on the White House on Russia’s navy buildup round Ukraine. White House officers launched no instant particulars of their roughly two hours of dialogue.

‘We’re speaking concerning the potential for struggle in Europe,’ U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris stated earlier Sunday at a safety convention in Munich, Germany, that noticed pressing consultations amongst world leaders on the disaster. ‘It’s been over 70 years, and thru these 70 years … there was peace and safety.’

Zelenskyy on Sunday appealed on Twitter for a cease-fire. Russia has denied plans to invade, however the Kremlin didn’t reply to Zelenskyy’s provide Saturday to fulfill with Putin.

After a name with Macron, Putin blamed Ukraine – incorrectly, in response to observers there – for the escalation of shelling alongside the contact line and NATO for ‘pumping fashionable weapons and ammunition’ into Ukraine.

Macron, a pacesetter in European efforts to dealer a peaceable decision with Russia, additionally spoke individually to Zelenskyy, to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and to Biden.

Blinken deliberately raised the prospect of a Biden-Putin summit in interviews with U.S. tv networks on Sunday, in a bid to maintain diplomacy alive, a senior U.S. official stated. The official spoke on situation of anonymity to debate U.S. reasoning.

Blinken stated that Biden was ‘ready to fulfill President Putin at any time in any format if that may assist stop a struggle’ and the U.S. official stated Macron had then conveyed the provide of talks to Putin – conditioned on Russia not invading – in his telephone calls with the Russian chief.

Tensions mounted additional, nevertheless. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued an advisory urging larger warning by Americans in Russia general. ‘Have evacuation plans that don’t depend on U.S. authorities help,’ it warned.

Immediate worries centered on japanese Ukraine, the place Ukrainian forces have been preventing the pro-Russia rebels since 2014 in a battle that has killed some 14,000 individuals.

In the japanese Ukraine areas of Lugansk and Donetsk, separatist leaders have ordered a full navy mobilization and despatched extra civilians to Russia, which has issued about 700,000 passports to residents of the rebel-held territories. Claims that Russian residents are being endangered may be used as justification for navy motion.

Officials within the separatist territories claimed Ukrainian forces launched a number of artillery assaults over the previous day and that two civilians have been killed throughout an unsuccessful assault on a village close to the Russian border. Ukraine’s navy stated two troopers died in firing from the separatist facet on Saturday.

‘When pressure is escalated to the utmost, as it’s now, for instance, on the road of contact, then any spark, any unplanned incident or any minor deliberate provocation can result in irreparable penalties,’ Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, stated in an interview that aired Sunday on Russian state tv.

Russian assault helicopters are pictured collaborating in joint drills in Belarus on Sunday, because the Kremlin introduced the drills won’t finish as anticipated however will likely be prolonged to an unknown date – that means 30,000 troops stay within the nation

Smoke rises into the air after Russian assault helicopters blew up a goal on a firing vary in Belarus throughout joint coaching workout routines on Sunday – amid fears of an invasion

Tanks and armoured automobiles of the Russian and Belarusian militaries participate in coaching workout routines on the weekend, shortly earlier than the Kremlin introduced the drill will likely be prolonged and its forces will stay within the nation

Russian and Belarussian machine-gunners participate in joint coaching workout routines in Belarus on the weekend

Russian troop tents and tanks (left and centre) are seen close to a forested space of the Belgorod area, near the border with Ukraine, on Sunday amid fears the order to assault will likely be given quickly

Russian troops and tanks (left) are proven parked up subsequent to assault helicopters (centre) close to the city of Valuyki, Belgorod area, near the border with Ukraine

Russian tanks and vans are seen parked within the tree line of a forest within the Belgorod area of Russia (proper) in an obvious try to cover them from prying satellites

A satellite tv for pc picture reveals extra armor and tools deployed alongside a tree line, close to Valuyki, Russia

A satellite tv for pc picture reveals an outline of a brand new deployment, east of Valuyki, Russia

On the entrance strains, Ukrainian troopers stated they have been below orders to not return fireplace. Zahar Leshushun, peering into the gap with a periscope, had adopted the information all day from a trench the place he’s posted close to the city of Zolote.

‘Right now, we do not reply to their fireplace as a result of …’ the soldier stated earlier than the sound of an incoming shell interrupted him. ‘Oh! They are capturing at us now. They are aiming on the command submit.’

On Friday, separatist officers introduced the evacuation of civilians and navy mobilization within the face of what they described as an imminent Ukrainian offensive on the insurgent areas. Ukrainian officers have strongly denied any plans to launch such an assault and described the evacuation order as half of Russian provocations supposed to set the stage for an invasion.

The separatist authorities stated Monday that a minimum of 4 civilians have been killed by Ukrainian shelling over the previous 24 hours and several other others have been injured. Ukraine’s navy stated two Ukrainian troopers have been killed over the weekend, and one other serviceman was wounded Monday.

Ukrainian navy spokesman Pavlo Kovalchyuk stated the Ukrainian positions have been shelled 80 instances Sunday and eight instances early Monday, noting that the separatists have been ‘cynically firing from residential areas utilizing civilians as shields.’ He insisted that Ukrainian forces weren’t returning fireplace.

In the village of Novognativka on the government-controlled facet, 60-year-old Ekaterina Evseeva, stated the shelling was worse than on the peak of preventing early within the battle.

‘It’s worse than 2014,’ she stated, her voice trembling. ‘We are on the sting of nervous breakdowns. And there’s nowhere to run.’

Evseeva stated that residents have been hunkering down in basements amid the renewed preventing: ‘Yesterday I noticed my neighbor along with her 2-month-old as she was working to the basement. It should not be like this.’

Russian troops and tanks are noticed in a forest space close to civilian buildings (backside left) close to Belgorod, only a quick distance from the border with Ukraine

Russian navy automobiles are noticed shaped up right into a convoy and heading south subsequent to a freeway and close to a forest in Soloti, round 10 miles from the Ukraine border

Satellite pictures reveal Russian tanks and armoured automobiles are actually being hid within civilian areas and forests near the border, corresponding to these automobiles on farmland close to Soloti

Ukrainian troops close to the frontlines with pro-Russian separatist forces practice utilizing a British NLAW anti-tank missile launcher

A Ukrainian soldier inspects a rocket-propelled grenade in Novognativka village, close to the frontlines with pro-Russia separatists, as preventing within the area escalates

Servicemen of Ukrainian Military Forces stroll alongside tranches on their position on the entrance line with Russia backed separatists, close to Novognativka

Moscow denies any plans to invade Ukraine, however desires Western ensures that NATO will not permit Ukraine and different former Soviet international locations to hitch as members. It additionally urges the alliance to halt weapons deployments to Ukraine and roll again its forces from Eastern Europe – calls for flatly rejected by the West.

Russian officers have shrugged off Western calls to deescalate by pulling again troops, arguing that Moscow is free to deploy troops and conduct drills wherever it likes on its territory. Last week, Western officers dismissed Russian statements about some of the troops returning to their bases, saying that Moscow was truly beefing up its forces round Ukraine.

A U.S. official stated Sunday that Biden’s assertion final week that Putin has made the choice to roll Russian forces into Ukraine was based mostly on intelligence that Russian front-line commanders have been given orders to start last preparations for an assault. The official spoke on situation of anonymity to explain the delicate intelligence.

Russia additionally upped the ante Saturday with sweeping nuclear drills that included a number of apply launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and cruise missiles that Putin personally oversaw.

Ukraine’s president reaffirmed his name for a fast meeting with Putin to assist defuse tensions, however there was no response from the Kremlin.

The European Union’s high diplomat, international coverage chief Josep Borrell, welcomed the prospect of a Biden-Putin summit however stated that ought to diplomacy fail the 27-nation bloc has finalized its package deal of sanctions to be used if Putin orders an invasion.

‘The work is completed. We are prepared,’ stated Borrell, who’s chairing a meeting of EU international ministers and was tasked with drawing up an inventory of individuals in Russia to be hit with asset freezes and journey bans. He supplied no particulars about who may be focused.

The European Commission has ready different sanctions to ‘restrict the entry to monetary markets for the Russian financial system and (impose) export controls that can cease the likelihood for Russia to modernize and diversify its financial system,’ its president, Ursula von der Leyen, stated over the weekend.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock welcomed Macron’s summit initiative and warned Russia towards any false flag motion to impress hostilities. ‘I enchantment urgently to the Russian authorities, to the Russian president: Don’t play with human lives,’ she stated as she arrived on the EU high diplomats’ meeting.