Zelensky calls on the population not to give in to “panic” in the face of an alleged Russian invasion – RT in French | News Today

Zelensky calls on the population not to give in to “panic” in the face of an alleged Russian invasion – RT in French
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This January 19, Volodymir Zelensky returned to the current tensions with Russia. While Westerners are multiplying, without proof, statements about the existence of a Russian invasion project, the Ukrainian president has called for calm.

This January 19, in an address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the citizens of his country not to panic in the face of reports of an alleged Russian threat.

“The war has been going on for eight years now, now is not the time to panic, to aggravate the situation, to buy buckwheat and matches,” he said, reports the Ria Novosti agency. “But what’s new? Hasn’t this been the reality for eight years? Didn’t the invasion start in 2014? Has the threat of war only appeared now? These risks do not date from yesterday, it is not that there are more risks today, it is that there is more agitation around these risks”, he added. in reference to the annexation by referendum of Crimea to Russian territory.

“We have an army that is strong, bold, ready for anything. All my days start with information about the situation in the Donbass and near our borders. We know all the possible threats and understand all our possible responses,” he said.

Allegations of an alleged invasion have been repeatedly denied by Moscow. “Until now, all these statements were devoid of evidence and have not been confirmed by anything,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on January 14. He was thus responding to questions from the press on Western allegations concerning a supposed Russian provocation to come to the Donbass.

To advance on the path of de-escalation around Ukraine, Moscow makes certain demands, including that of a commitment from Kiev not to join NATO and more generally seeks an agreement blocking the extension of the Alliance. military in the East. But for now, Moscow deplores the absence of signs of goodwill from Westerners.

As such, Dmitry Peskov had estimated on January 17 that NATO was engaged in a “gradual invasion” in Ukraine, which brings the bloc led by the United States close to the “red line” set by Moscow. By rejecting Russia’s demands, NATO is creating a situation which constitutes an “imminent threat” to European security, he had diagnosed.

Washington calls on Moscow to engage in the diplomatic way while accentuating its military aid to Kiev

It is in this still tense context that the American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reaffirmed Washington’s support for Kiev on January 19 during his meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky and his Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba. “I strongly hope that we can stay on a diplomatic and peaceful path, but ultimately it will be President Putin’s decision,” said Anthony Blinken.

Support in words but once again also on the military level: as AFP reports, the United States announced that same day the release of 200 million additional dollars in security aid. Washington provided some $450 million in military aid to Kiev late last year.

The Ukrainian president thus thanked the United States on this occasion for their “help in these difficult times” by receiving Wednesday in Kiev the American secretary of State. “We have been devoting record funds since independence in support of our army, but we understand that to move forward quickly, to modernize the army, you need help, especially in these difficult times,” he added. .

Anthony Blinken is expected in Berlin on January 20 for discussions with Germany, France and the United Kingdom, before meeting his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov the next day in Geneva.

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