U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that calls from some nations for a cease-fire in Ukraine may very well be a “very cynical lure” that freezes the battle the place issues stand, permitting Russia to consolidate the territory it has illegally seized and “use the time to relaxation and refit after which reattack.” He made the remarks during a virtual session Tuesday. China in February referred to as for a cease-fire in Ukraine, whereas Russia made a unilateral name for a 36-hour cease-fire the earlier month over Orthodox Christmas.
Because the conflict continues right into a second 12 months, Russian President Vladimir Putin is exhibiting no indicators he is able to negotiate. Kremlin officers additionally look like getting ready Russian society for a protracted conflict, Western analysts say.
Right here’s the most recent on the conflict and its ripple results throughout the globe.
However in a shocking flip, the daddy, Alexei Moskalyov, 54, escaped from home arrest on Monday evening. Moskalyov was sentenced below Russia’s draconian legal guidelines towards “discrediting the navy,” which have been adopted after President Vladimir Putin ordered his brutal invasion of Ukraine final 12 months. The legal guidelines ban any type of antiwar dissent and are a part of a wave of political repressions which have solely worsened as Russia’s conflict effort floundered.