Russia-Ukraine conflict: Ukraine says 2 soldiers killed in pro-Russian separatist attack

Kiev, First Published Feb 20, 2022, 7:43 AM IST

Kiev: Ukraine says two soldiers have been killed in a separatist shelling by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The incident took place on Saturday. On Saturday, the Ukrainian military announced on its Facebook page that separatists had violated the ceasefire and fired 70 shots.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a gathering of Ukrainian members of parliament and foreign media outlets. The military said they were safe. At the same time, pro-Russian separatists said in a telegram that the initial provocation came from the Ukrainian side and retaliated.

At the same time, satellite images of Russia’s military preparations have come under increasing concern as Russia has repeatedly said it is withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border. It is reported that the Russian sign missile test and the deployment of fighter jets on the border with Ukraine. According to international media reports, this could lead to a Russian invasion of Ukraine at any moment.

Satellite imagery released by Maxer Technologies shows images of a long line of Russian fighter jets at an air base on the Ukrainian border. The images were released from the vicinity of five strategic areas in Ukraine. These pictures are from Belarus, Crimea and western Russia.

Russia, meanwhile, on Saturday tested advanced hypersonic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Russia has officially announced that all missile tests have been successful and that military exercises, including Tu-95 fighter jets and submarines, are underway.

President Vladimir Putin today reportedly witnessed a key military exercise of the Russian military. According to the Western media, the test was carried out on the readiness of ballistic and cruise missiles and nuclear weapons. The official explanation is that it is only a routine inspection and has nothing to do with the Ukraine conflict.

At the same time, the United States reiterated that Russia had decided to invade Ukraine. U.S. President Joe Biden has said the attack is likely to happen soon. He also accused Russia of spreading lies to justify the attack. Meanwhile, rebel leaders have announced plans to evacuate people from eastern Ukraine to Russia. The protesters released footage of people getting on two buses but could not confirm that it was an evacuation.

The United States and NATO have repeatedly said that Russia will invade Ukraine at any time. The United States has blamed Russian forces for shelling Russian-backed rebel strongholds in Ukraine. It is alleged that the ambassador provided the information to Hussein. Vladimir Putin had said yesterday that he would retaliate if anyone attacked Russian supporters. NATO has blamed Russia for bringing more than 7,000 troops to the border in recent days, citing satellite images.

India has stated at the United Nations that it wants a negotiated diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. Indian Ambassador to the United Nations TS Thirumurthy said that the peace agreement reached between Ukraine, Russia and European countries in 2015 should be kept.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited India in December last year, he signed 28 defense agreements. India, which has crucial defense ties with the US and Russia, is in no hurry to join. A US State Department spokesman said yesterday that he hoped India would support any international action against Russia. Following this, India made it clear that it would not side with the UN.

Last Updated Feb 20, 2022, 7:43 AM IST

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