Update on the Russia and Ukraine

The United States and Russian ambassadors at the U.N. Security Council meeting exchanged insults and threats towards each other over the Ukraine situation. In an ongoing diplomatic attempt to resolve the ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine on Monday last week at the U.N. Security Council meeting, in a session engulfed with toxic exchanges that are very similar to the hostile Cold War era U.S. and Russia.
The American ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, backed by her Western allies, alleged that Russia is endangering the peace and destabilizing the global security of western European nations by massing more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders. The Russian diplomats simply dismissed what they called “baseless” and “hysterical” U.S. fear-mongering aimed at framing Russia as an “aggressor” and provoking armed conflict.
The United States ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, strongly stated in her opening remarks to a live televised hearing of the Council that “The situation we are facing in Europe is urgent and dangerous” and that Russia had been seeking to prevent diplomatic talks. Ambassador Greenfield sternly stated “Russia’s actions strike at the very heart of the U.N. charter .”
Her Russian equivalent, Vassily Nebenzia, said it was the Americans who were provoking the whole Ukraine situation, “whipping up tensions and provoking escalation,” as he insisted that Russia had no mapped out plans to invade Ukraine.
The 15-nation Security Council meeting, requested by the United States last week, was seen as a kind of negotiation starter between the two sides and wasn’t expected to resolve any Russian aggression towards Ukraine. This particular U.N. Council is known more for its failures to avoid armed conflicts rather than success in preventing them. As the two sides disputed their points at the United Nations, Meanwhile the efforts to resolve the crisis accelerated at an alarming rate. Even President Emmanuel Macron of France intervened and spoke directly over the phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia for the second time in just four days.
American government officials said Monday they had received a Russian response to Washington’s proposal, made last week, to defuse the Ukraine crisis. But a State Department government official would not go into detail about this when asked by a reporter how the Russians responded, The government official stated that, “The Biden administration did not want to negotiate in public.” Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, is expected to speak over the phone with Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov.
But even as the diplomats at the Security Council emphasized the need for a peaceful resolution, the tone of the discussed topics between the Russian and American representatives clearly defined the ongoing tension between the two sides over Ukraine, and the threat of military force, remains very possible if no agreement is made.
In Ukraine itself where many have been left fearing for their lives and those of family and friends by the constant beat of war menacing news about Russian militarial tactical positioning, cyber attacks and misinformation the anxiety has been magnified by hundreds of bluffed bomb threats. The threats, most likely initiated by Russia, were meant to cause panic and fear among the Ukrainian public , Ukrainian officials said, “The number of fake bomb scares in January six times the level of last year.” The Ukrainian ambassador to the U.N. Sergiy Kyslytsya appealed to Moscow to de-escalate the situation by stopping the fear mongering campaign on the Ukrainian public .
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, mentioned in a video briefing for reporters that “Russia several times announced they do not want war,”. “Russia can prove those words by immediately decreasing its military, political and economic pressure on Ukraine. It can abandon ideas of destabilizing the situation inside Ukraine with invented protests, cyberattacks and efforts to disrupt normal life.”
The tensions surrounding Ukraine, a former Soviet republic state of 44 million people that has recently drifted toward the West’s ideas of independent freedom and democratic rule, has been quiet and tense since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula south of Ukraine in 2014. Kyiv,Ukraine was an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural center of Russia before the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, The city became the capital of Kievan Rus’, the first East Slavic state. Completely destroyed during the Mongol invasions in 1240, the city lost most of its influence for the centuries to come but it’s still a very influential part of Russian culture. This is why Putin believes Kyiv, Ukraine to be an important piece of Russia to reunite the nearly 50% of Russian identifying people in Ukraine back to the motherland. In the weeks to come we will fully understand Russia’s true intentions of whether it will diplomatically resolve the ongoing tensions with the West or choose to start an all out war and possibly a WWIII type escalation. As of now no one knows Russia’s true intentions all we know is that it’s all up to Putin.
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