Putin orders military operations in eastern Ukraine as UN meets | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

Russian president approves ‘particular army operation’ as diplomats in Safety Council maintain second emergency assembly in every week.

Vladimir Putin has authorised a “particular army operation” in japanese Ukraine, Russian state media reported concurrently the United Nations Safety Council met for its second emergency assembly this week to induce a de-escalation and return to talks.

Putin’s announcement got here as Linda Thomas-Inexperienced, the US ambassador to the UN, advised the council that the US was involved a “full-scale” invasion of Ukraine by Russia was imminent.

“Tonight, we’re seeing the Russians shut airspace, transfer troops into Donbas, and transfer forces into combat-ready positions,” she mentioned.

“It is a perilous second and we’re right here for one cause and one cause solely – to ask Russia to cease.”

In the meantime, Russian media reported President Putin saying he had given approval to a “particular army operation” within the Donbas area of Ukraine, the place Moscow earlier recognised rebel-held territories in Luhansk and Donetsk and mentioned they’d requested for its “assist”. Clashes between Russian and Ukrainian forces had been solely a matter of time, he added.

Shortly after Putin spoke, Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, who’s in Kyiv, mentioned there have been explosions within the capital and energy had been lower. It seemed to be a “full scale assault”, he mentioned.

Explosions additionally rocked the breakaway japanese Ukrainian metropolis of Donetsk and civilian plane had been warned away, whereas there have been stories of naval landings at Odessa.

UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned Russia’s actions in an impassioned enchantment.

“Within the title of humanity deliver your troops again to Russia,” he mentioned. “Within the title of humanity, don’t enable a warfare to start out in Europe which may very well be worst warfare for the reason that starting of the century with penalties not solely devastating for Ukraine, not solely tragic for the Russian Federation however with an impression can’t even foresee.”

Referring to Putin’s recognition of the breakaway territory, deployment of troops and the so-called “particular operations”, Norway’s ambassador Mona Juul mentioned the choices had been “unjust, unprovoked and irresponsible” and that Moscow ought to reverse them.

Russia’s UN ambassador Vasily Nebenzya, who’s the present president of the safety council, admitted that “particular operations” had been underway, insisting the motion didn’t quantity to warfare and was the results of Ukraine’s actions.

“The purpose of the operation is to guard the individuals who for eight years have been struggling “genocide” of the Ukrainian regime,” he mentioned, claiming the motion was justified below Article 51 of the UN Constitution (the article permits for particular person or collective self-defence within the face of an armed assault on a UN member state).

Putin demanded Ukrainian forces lay down their arms, and repeated his place that any Ukrainian membership of NATO was unacceptable to Moscow.

The Ukraine ambassador appeared misplaced for phrases: “Three minutes in the past, your president declared warfare on my nation,” he mentioned to Nebenzya.

In a second spherical of feedback he concluded: “There’s no purgatory for warfare criminals, Mr Ambassador, they go to hell”.

The US mentioned it was calling for an pressing decision and was backed by the UK, France and Eire who famous Russia’s utter “disdain” for the United Nations.

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