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Ukraina overleverte onsdag et brev til alle EU-landenes ambassader i Brussel der de advarte om en forestående russisk offensiv og ba om nye sanksjoner.

EU hadde håpet at våpenhvilen skulle holde, men det har den ikke. Torsdag falt oljen til under 80 dollar fatet. Likevel ser det ut til at Putin vil trappe opp krigen.

Da burde Europa for alvor bli redd.

Konstiantyn Yelisieiev wrote in a letter – seen by EUobserver – to EU embassies in Brussels on Wednesday (12 November) that the Russian intention is clear from troop movements and from increasingly hostile anti-Ukraine propaganda.

He urged the EU to put “diplomatic pressure” on Moscow to return to US and EU-mediated peace talks in the so-called Geneva format.

He urged it to impose “a new wave” of preventative sanctions, such as blacklisting more Russian officials and raising the “economic … cost” of Russia’s actions.

Hvis Putin i den svake situasjonen for russisk økonomi, velger å gå til krig, har han hivd alle rasjonelle hensyn over bord. Da er han uforutsigbar. Spørsmålet er om Europa tør å erkjenne det.

Både USAs FN-ambassadør Samantha Power og NATOs øverstkommanderende, Philip Breedlove, bekreftet denne uken Ukrainas fremstilling:

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NATOs øverstkommanderende, amerikaneren Philip Breedlove.

Speaking at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, US ambassador Samantha Power said “Russia is … surging more forces and more equipment across the border”.

She noted that since 9 November, the US has seen: 17 unmarked trucks moving toward the ceasefire line near Donetsk in east Ukraine; movements of 43 more military vehicles in the Donetsk area, some towing large-calibre howitzers and multi-launch rocket systems; and new “columns of … Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems, and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine”.

US general Philip Breedlove, who is also Nato’s top military commander, echoed Power at a think-tank event, also on Wednesday, in Sofia.

“What worries me the most … is that we have a situation now where the former international border, the current international border, of Ukraine and Russia, is completely porous; it is completely wide-open. Forces, money, support, supplies, weapons are flowing back and forth”, he told press at a meeting of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria.

He noted that pro-Russia fighters in east Ukraine control “pockets” of territory, but do not hold strategic airports and have “interrupted” lines of communication.

 

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EUs utenriksministre møtes mandag for første gang under ledelse av italienske Federica Mogherini. Hun er anklaget for å være for Moskva-vennlig. Hennes talskvinne sier Ukraina vil stå øverst og at det gjelder å bevare freden. Hvilken fred?

 

http://euobserver.com/foreign/126513