Nato sends reinforcements as fears of ‘violent’ Russia-Ukraine conflict grow

Nato sends reinforcements as fears of ‘violent’ Russia-Ukraine conflict grow
Russia begins moving troops, equipment and fighter jets into Ukraine’s neighbouring country Belarus for military exercises


Boris Johnson warns Russia invasion of Ukraine would be ‘bloody business’

Nato allies are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe as Russia continues to build-up its military on Ukraine’s border.

The announcement comes as prime minister Boris Johnson warned Vladmir Putin that an invasion of Ukraine would be “disastrous” and a “painful, violent and bloody business”.

The UK has started to move embassy staff and their families out of Ukraine as fears mount about the invasion.

On Sunday, the US state department ordered the family members of its embassy staff in Ukraine to leave the country, citing the “increased threats of significant Russian military action”.

American diplomats are also allowed to leave the country if they want to, although they are not yet being ordered to do so.

The UK has also begun to withdraw some embassy staff and family members from Kiev in “response to growing threat from Russia”.

A short update, posted to the Foreign Office website on Monday, said that some staff are leaving the embassy, although it will remain open and operational.


EU foreign ministers call on Russia to de-escalate and engage in dialogue

EU foreign ministers have issued a joint statement condemning Russia’s “continued aggressive actions” against Ukraine and calling on Moscow to “de-escalate” and “abide by international law”.

Following a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, the EU called on Russia to “engage constructively in dialogue through the established international mechanisms.” They warned that any further military aggression by Russia towards Ukraine would result in “massive consequences and “severe costs”.

They reminded Moscow of the core principles of European security, which include the sovereign equality and territorial integrity of States, and the “inviolability of frontiers”.

The statement warned that these principles were non-negotiable and that Russia’s recent actions have threatened the peace of the European continent.

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 14:05

UK PM has ‘no plans’ to send British troops to the region

Boris Johnson’s government has “no plans to send UK combat troops” to the Ukraine-Russia border.

The PM’s official spokesman said that sanctions were on the table if Russia proceeded to invade Ukraine.

The spokesman added: “We don’t speculate on things like sanctions, but certainly there will be significant economic measures put in place.”

He also said that around 30 British diplomats, including the ambassador Melinda Simmons, remained in Ukraine.

It follows the UK foreign office’s announcement that almost half of embassy staff, and their families, will be withdrawn from Ukraine.

Lamiat Sabin24 January 2022 13:45

ICYMI: Nato sending more fighter jets and ships to eastern Europe amid growing tensions

Nato says it’s sending additional ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe amid Russia troop build-up near Ukraine.

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the additional resources from the defence treaty and insisted that it will take “all necessary measures” to protect and defend allies.

“We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defence,” Mr Stoltenberg said.

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Nato sends reinforcements to Europe amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

It comes as the US and UK have began moving personnel from their Kiev embassies

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 13:31

EU to support Ukraine with €1.2bn financial aid package

The European Union will help mitigate the effects of a Ukrainian conflict with Russia by giving Kiev a €1.2bn financial aid package, EU commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday.

Ms von de Leyen told reporters in Brussels: “The Commission proposes a new emergency macro-financial assistance package of 1.2 billion euros.

“This package will help Ukraine now to address its rapid escalation in financing needs due to the conflict.”

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 13:15

ICYMI: Boris Johnson warns Russia invasion of Ukraine would be ‘painful, violent, bloody business’

Boris Johnson has warned Russian president Vladimir Putin that invading Ukraine would lead to a “painful, violent and bloody business”.

The prime minister said the intelligence around the situation was “gloomy” but war was not inevitable – urging Russia to pull back from a “disastrous step”.

Read the full story by Adam Forrest here:

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 13:00

Boris Johnson: Ukraine situation is ‘gloomy’ but invasion ‘not inevitable’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was “leading on creating a package of economic sanctions” against Russia and he would be speaking to international allies later on Monday.

“We also need to get a message that invading Ukraine, from a Russian perspective, is going to be a painful, violent and bloody business,” he said.
“I think it’s very important that people in Russia understand that this could be a new Chechnya.”

Mr Johnson said he had visited Ukraine and knew the people of the country, adding: “My judgment is that they will fight.”
Asked if he believed an invasion was imminent, the Prime Minister, on a visit to Milton Keynes, said: “I’ve got to tell you that I think the intelligence is pretty gloomy at this point.

“There is certainly a very, very large array of Russian forces and we have to take the necessary steps.

“I don’t think it’s by any means inevitable now, I think that sense can still prevail.”

Press Association contributed to this report.

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 12:29

Breaking: Boris Johnson warns Vladmir Putin against invading Ukraine

Prime minister Boris Johnson has warned Vladimir Putin that invading Ukraine would be a “disastrous step” and a “painful, violent and bloody business”.

Speaking to reporters in a hospital in Milton Keynes, Mr Johnson said the intelligence around the situation was “gloomy” but war was not inevitable.

He added: “We do think it prudent to make some changes now. The intelligence is very clear that there are 60 Russian battle groups on the borders of Ukraine, the plan for a lighting war that could take out Kiev is one that everybody can see.

“We need to make it very clear to the Kremlin, to Russia, that that would be a disastrous strep.”

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 12:10

‘We don’t want a new Cold War’, Hungarian foreign minister says

Hungary’s foreign minister warned on Monday against a “new Cold War” amid growing tensions between the Nato alliance and Russia.

Peter Szijjarto said that Hungary supported all diplomatic efforts to resolve the stand-off, adding: “We don’t want a new Cold War. The Cold War period had tragic consequences in Central Eastern Europe, we wasted several decades.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 12:05

Around half of the staff at UK’s Kiev embassy are expected to leave, BBC reports

Following the UK foreign office’s announcement that some embassy staff will be withdrawn from Ukraine, it has been reported that almost half the staff working at the embassy are expected to leave with their families.

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 11:50

Latvia calls for more Nato forces on eastern border with Russia

Latvia’s foreign minister has called for more Nato forces to be sent to Europe’s eastern flank amid rising tensions between Russia and the military alliance.

Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are all members of the Nato alliance and share borders with Russia or its ally Belarus.

Latvia’s foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics wrote on Facebook on Monday: “We are reaching the point where a continuous Russian and Belarusian military buildup in Europe needs to be addressed by appropriate Nato countermeasures.

“It is time to increase allied forces’ presence on the alliance’s eastern flank both as measures of defence and deterrence.”

Holly Bancroft24 January 2022 11:40