7 December 2023
The United Kingdom supports @USUN in calling for a meeting of the Security Council on Ukraine next week. The build up of Russian forces on Ukraine's border is a matter of crucial importance to international peace and security
WH readout of Biden-Zelensky call:
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President Zelensky: Had a long phone conversation with @POTUS. Discussed recent diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions for the future. Thanked President @JoeBiden for the ongoing military assistance. Possibilities for financial support to Ukraine were also discussed
Meeting with Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store of Norway, another item that was not previously listed on @POTUS schedule
"An incursion could be imminent" per @PentagonPresSec. "We'd like to see a deescalation. We'd like to see those [Russian] troops go back home" he adds, reiterating @DeptofDefense believes there's still a chance for diplomacy to prevail
.@StateDeptSpox, asked about criticism of US rhetoric & ordered departure of family members from Kyiv, responds: "I do not think us voicing our concerns regarding what Moscow may well have in store is bringing us any closer to conflict"
EUCOM commander Gen. Tod Wolters as a combatant commander "can move forces around interests at his own discretion," Kirby said, but "there is a constant dialogue between general Walters and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, as well as [SecDef Austin
US troops based in Europe have also been placed on alert for possible deployment to bolster NATO defenses - @PentagonPresSec
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Josep Borrell Fontelles: Debriefed @DmytroKuleba in phone call on this week's Foreign Affairs Council and EU-US ministerial discussions. Conveyed continued and strong determination and unity in support for Ukraine. We work on more ways to assist Kyiv in facing wide scale of challenges and threats
US seeing "more accumulation of credible combat forces" in past 24 hours by Russia in areas surrounding Ukraine, including in Belarus, per @PentagonPresSec
"We still believe there is time & space for diplomacy" per @PentagonPresSec on Russia-Ukraine. But says lack of results is reason for additional/continued US support for Ukraine
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MORE on US troops: those on heightened alert include elements of the 82nd Airborne, per @PentagonPresSec
US troops placed on heightened alert due to Russia-Ukraine situation based at Fort Bragg, Fort Carson, other bases to include medical support, aviation support, logistics support & combat ready units, per @PentagonPresSec. Kirby adds still NO deployment orders
US urges China to use 'influence' with Russia to discourage Ukraine invasion
Victoria Nuland @UnderSecStateP says Nord Stream 2 "will not move forward" if Russia invade Ukraine, which goes farther than what Germany has said publicly
Military equipment at Maslovka station in Voronezh region1 Rok Pred
Military equipment at Maslovka station in Voronezh region
Truck with missile containers filmed in Rostov-on-Don
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Zelensky and Biden will have a telephone conversation today - Office of President. To discuss issues of security, escalation and providing Ukraine with additional assistance
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Ukrainian peacekeepers targeted ADF - Allied Democratic Forces camp in Kivu
"SHAME" is scrawled in spray paint on the sidewalk in front of the Belarusian embassy in D.C
Official announcement of German chancellor's visit to DC to meet with Biden on Feb 7
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Authorities in occupied parts of Luhansk region of Ukraine report death of one of their militiaman near Veselohorivka village
Military convoy filmed in Sudzha, Kursk region1 Rok Pred
Military convoy filmed in Sudzha, Kursk region
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President of Turkey Erdogan will go to Ukraine on February 3 and meet with President Zelensky
Commander of National Guard of Ukraine general-colonel Mykola Balan has resigned
Polish Sejm has adopted resolution on solidarity with Ukraine
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US Navy P8 Poseidon AE6898 and French Navy Breguet Atlantique ATL 2 FNY5627 keeping an eye on the Russian Flotilla en route to the Black Sea
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Ukraine's parliament has just ratified a deal with Great Britain to get a 1.7 billion pound sterling loan to get warships and naval infrastructure
Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok confirmed that NATO is considering the possible deployment of reinforcements in Slovakia. No decision has been made yet. Sky News reported on Thursday that 1,000 troops could be sent to Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia. (Source: TASR)
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Military tensions in Europe will decrease if NATO withdraws its forces from Eastern European countries - Russian Foreign Ministry
3 reconnaissance aircraft (2 US and 1 UK) are currently observing the Crimean and southern Russian coast1 Rok Pred
3 reconnaissance aircraft (2 US and 1 UK) are currently observing the Crimean and southern Russian coast
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Russian Foreign Ministry: It is unacceptable to think of the possibility of a war between Russia and Ukraine
Another video of a convoy heading towards Crimea1 Rok Pred
Another video of a convoy heading towards Crimea
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The Russian Foreign Ministry: The talks in Paris on Ukraine crisis ended without any result
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FM of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba: We had seen the written response of the U.S. before it was handed over to Russia. No objections on the Ukrainian side. Important that the U.S. remains in close contact with Ukraine before and after all contacts with Russia. No decisions on Ukraine without Ukraine. Golden rule
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Ukrainian Parliament voted to expand the list of weapons that Territorial Defense Forces will receive
US Army C-12U-3 Huron DUKE36 tracking over Ukraine1 Rok Pred
US Army C-12U-3 Huron DUKE36 tracking over Ukraine
.@SecBlinken spoke with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi about Russia, per @StateDeptSpox. Blinken "underscored the global security and economic risks posed by further Russian aggression against Ukraine and conveyed that de-escalation and diplomacy are the responsible way forward"
Ukranian UAV mode S 50FFEB 96271 C/S orbiting near Transnistria1 Rok Pred
Ukranian UAV mode S 50FFEB 96271 C/S orbiting near Transnistria
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Su-34 bombers of the aviation squadron of the Western Military District (ZVO) worked out combat training tasks over the Voronezh region in bad weather conditions
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Germany working on "strong package of sanctions" for Russia if it invades Ukraine, covering aspects "including Nord Stream 2" pipeline: foreign minister
JanLipavsky: I met @jensstoltenberg to reiterate that Czech Republic puts great emphasis on the Alliance and transatlantic relations. We are ready to meet our @NATO commitments, including on defense spending. We agreed on support for Ukraine and the unacceptability of the Russian demands.
USAF VIP C40C SPAR18 descending for Kyiv Ukraine, US bipartisan congressional delegation1 Rok Pred
USAF VIP C40C SPAR18 descending for Kyiv Ukraine, US bipartisan congressional delegation
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There is no positive response in the US reply on security assurances on the main issue of the NATO expansion, - Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov
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Lavrov: the content of the US response on security guarantees allows us to count on a serious conversation, but on secondary topics
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Lavrov: the content of the US reply on security guarantees will be publicly known soon
Belarusian MoD has published a legend of the exercises with Russia. The imperialist predators of Neris, Pomoria, Klopiya(Bedbugia) and Dneprovia will attack the Republic of Polesie in order to change its political leadership and destroy its Union State with the mighty Northern Federation1 Rok Pred
Belarusian MoD has published a legend of the exercises with Russia. "The imperialist predators" of Neris, Pomoria, Klopiya(Bedbugia) and Dneprovia will attack the Republic of Polesie in order to change its political leadership and destroy its Union State with the mighty Northern Federation
Suspect in murder of 5 servicemen in Dnipro city detained
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Joint Forces Operation: No ceasefire violation yesterday
5 dead, 5 wounded as serviceman of National Guard opened fire at Yuzhmash plant. Suspect is on the loose, armed with long rifle. National Guard in region put on high alert, police operation ongoing
National Guard serviceman shot dead 5 fellow servicemen at Yuzhmash plant in Dnipro city. Police operation to capture the suspect ongoing
SecDef: I spoke today with Polish Defense Minister @mblaszczak about Russia's military buildup around Ukraine. Our continuing close security relationship with Poland is critical to deterrence along @NATO's Eastern Flank.
F-16s aerial activity over Estonia1 Rok Pred
F-16s aerial activity over Estonia
Head of office of President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak at press-conference says audit of Minsk agreements, Normandy Four agreements were made. Confirmed unconditional ceasefire. Confirmed different interpretation of Minsk agreement between Russia and Ukraine
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Turkish President Erdoğan on Russia-Ukraine tension: If they wish, we can bring the two leaders together in our country and pave the way for the re-establishment of an environment of peace
Putin's deputy Kozak: next meeting of "Normandy Four" in 2 weeks in Berlin. Main issue - different interpretation of Minsk agreements, but all parties unconditionally agreed on ceasefire
Normandy Four meeting at advisors level ended in Paris after 8.5 hours
Sen. @ChrisMurphyCT says he is "skeptical" that conflict with Russia over Ukraine can be solved with diplomacy
The ruse of military "exercises" can be used to launch an attack, Sec Gen Stoltenberg recalls from the buildup ahead of the annexation of Crimea. Russia has said it wants more transparency with exercises. NATO says the alliance is ready anytime
.@NATO's @jensstoltenberg calls Russian deployment of combat-ready troops, S400 missile defense system and aircraft to Belarus is "significant". Also notes Russia has history of using exercises "as a pretext, a disguise for aggressive military actions"
"Tensions are increasing" because of Russia, per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg. "We see also more troops not only in and around Ukraine but also in Belarus. Highly capable, combat ready troops" & advanced systems, like the S400
Are we closer to war? "Tensions are increasing. Russia continues its military buildup. And we see also more troops, not only in and around Ukraine, but also now in Belarus, where Russia is in the process of deploying thousands of combat troops." - Stoltenberg
Its "no secret we are far apart," says @jensstoltenberg of NATO and Russia. He says that's why it's even more important to look at proposals and identify areas to work together
"This is about respecting nations and their right to choose their own path" per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg, says of Ukraine, Georgia and potential membership "That is a principle Russia has subscribed to many times"
To deploy the NATO Response Force, Stoltenberg says, "we need a decision" by the North Atlantic Council. "That decision will be made if necessary and we will deploy if necessary"
"While we are working for a good solution," says NATO Sec Gen Stoltenberg, "we are also prepared for the worst." "We have plans in place we could execute on very short notice." Some of those plans date from Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2014
"This is about respecting the right of self-determination" per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg, asked about Ukraine
NATO Secretary General: Russia must recognize the right of every country to define its military alliances
"We will take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies" per @NATO SecGen @jensstoltenberg
.@NATO calls on Russia to withdraw forces from Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova where @SecGen @jensstoltenberg says they are deployed without consent
On European security, @jensstoltenberg says "we are prepared to listen to Russia's concerns & engage in a real conversation on how to uphold & strengthen the fundamental principlesthis including the right of each nation to choose its own security arrangements"
"We face a critical moment in Euro-Atlantic security," NATO Secretary General says, adding the alliance has conveyed its written responses to Russia "in parallel with the United States"
Military convoy filmed in Rostov region1 Rok Pred
Military convoy filmed in Rostov region
"It is not a formal negotiating document," @SecBlinken says of US response to Russia. He says @POTUS was intimately involved in drafting of it over recent days as were allies
On the prospect of sanctions against Putin, @SecBlinken says "As the president said, everything is on the table"
US has "absolute confidence in German solidarity" said @SecBlinken when asked about Berlin ruling out sending lethal weapons to Ukraine
Blinken: more deliveries [of weapons to Ukraine] expected in days to come
In response to a question from @APDiploWriter on the contents of the document sent to Russia, @SecBlinken replies: "It reiterates what we said publicly for many weeks and for many years" that we'll uphold @NATO principles and "the commitment that we're bound to"
Blinken says USG may not be able to help Americans leave in the event of a conflict
Blinken says that while State Dept has taken steps to shrink US diplomatic footprint in Ukraine, and has urged Americans to leave, embassy remains operational
"It remains up to Russia to decide how to respond. We're ready either way" - Secretary Blinken
On 8500 US forces getting ready, @SecBlinken says they don't have to be activated, but If they are "we will be ready." Also specifically said activated by NATO. * (as opposed to unilaterally by the US)
Blinken says US seeking steps to bolster Ukraine's economy, will discuss that with Congress later today
Blinken says US response included proposals for joint US-Russian steps related to transparency on troops and exercises, and steps on missiles in Europe and a potential follow-on to New START
Secretary of State Blinken says he'll be briefing members of Congress about the written responses to Russia. He says they don't intend to release the document publicly because they want the discussions to remain private and in good faith. He hopes Russia does the same
Blinken says US written reply to Russia "sets out a serious diplomatic path should Russia choose it." Says US did not compromise on principles regarding Ukrainian sovereignty and ability to join NATO. Proposed other arms control measures to de-escalate tensions
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Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko says Germany's supply of 5,000 military helmets is "a joke" that left him "speechless"
.@SecBlinken says Ambassador Sullivan has delivered the US response to Moscow's demands to the Russians
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Moscow received US written response to its security proposals - Russian Foreign Ministry
Counselor of the Department of State Derek Chollet: Called Hungarian State Secretary Péter Sztáray to discuss our diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the tension caused by Russia's military build-up and continued aggression against Ukraine. We also spoke about Hungary's contributions to @NATO and our military & security cooperation
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Ambassador John Sullivan delivered 2 documents - from the US, one from NATO
.@PentagonPresSec notes Russia has moved "..logistics and sustainment and medical support and aviation support, I mean, it's the whole combined force, combined arms approach is how I would describe it." (US was watching closely for signs of this)
U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk drone leaving Ukraine after day-long mission1 Rok Pred
U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk drone leaving Ukraine after day-long mission
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US hands over response to security proposals to Russia, - Bloomberg reports
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The US Ambassador arrived at the Russian Foreign Ministry
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Czechs to donate 4,000 artillery shells to Ukraine: defence ministry
A Western intelligence official says Russia has brought in many of the enablers it was lacking, including medical and logistics, to carry out a potential military operation against Ukraine
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Britain is in talks to send thousands of extra troops to Eastern Europe *before* any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, reports CNN. US and a handful of Nato allies (including UK) are reportedly considering sending a 1,000-strong battlegroup each
RAF C17 Globemaster III RRR6704 descending for Kyiv from Lviv1 Rok Pred
RAF C17 Globemaster III RRR6704 descending for Kyiv from Lviv
US Dep Sec of State Sherman "we certainly see every indication that he [Putin] is going to use military force sometime [in Ukraine], perhaps between between now and middle of February"