Russian troops are now “on the soil of Ukraine”: EU top official

Russian Union officials said on Tuesday that Russian troops had entered the secession zone of eastern Ukraine after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced that he would admit the region was independent.

“Russian troops have invaded Donbas. EU foreign policy director Josep Borrell told reporters about the region.

However, Borrell did not call it an aggression, but added that “Russian troops are in the land of Ukraine.”

Polish Department of Defense and British Health Minister Sajid Javid also said that Russian troops had invaded eastern Ukraine, and Javid told Sky News that “the invasion of Ukraine has begun.”

The Kremlin has not confirmed whether Russian troops are in Ukraine through official channels or through state media. Putin signed an order allowing Russian troops to enter the Lugansk and Donetsk regions on Monday night, proclaiming independence from Ukraine in 2014.

Video footage uploaded online showed an army of armored vehicles rolling in separatist-controlled areas. But it wasn’t immediately clear if they were Russian.

Russia’s move has been blamed by Western leaders who convened a UN Security Council meeting on Monday night. Both the United States and the United Kingdom have announced that they will attack Russia by targeting sanctions, individuals involved in the Donbas separatist movement.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has announced that he will suspend the agreement with Russia to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The 764-mile pipeline operated by the Russian state-owned company Gazprom, which carries natural gas from Russia to Germany, is not yet in operation.

Mr Scholz told reporters on Tuesday that his government was taking action after Russia’s recent operations. Previously, Germany was hesitant to shut down its pipeline months after the Biden administration lifted sanctions during the Trump era.

“I might say that, but it certainly will take time,” Schortz said.

Whitehouse and Ukrainian officials said they welcomed the development, but Russian officials warned via social media that natural gas prices would rise across Europe.

“If Russia invades Ukraine, we have made it clear that we will work with Germany to prevent Nord Stream 2 from moving forward,” said President Joe Biden. Said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki posted on Twitter. “We have been in close consultation with Germany overnight and welcome their announcement. Today we will follow up on our own measures.”

Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Tweet: “Welcome to a brave new world where Europeans will soon pay € 2.000 for 1.000 cubic meters of natural gas!”

Putin gave a long speech on Monday night, claiming that part of Ukraine was “land of ancient Russia” and that the United States was the power behind the Kiev government. Putin also said Ukraine plans to acquire nuclear weapons without evidence.

Jack phillips


Jack Phillips is the latest news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.

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