In Ukraine, both the Kiev forces and the DPR/LPR continue exchanging accusations of violations of the ceasefire agreement. The situation is sure to deteriorate in 2021 and beyond.
A provocation is likely coming in the near future, as US President Joe Biden said that Europe needs to stand for Ukrainian sovereignty.
“Putin seeks to weaken European project and our NATO Alliance. He wants to undermine the transatlantic unity and our resolve, because it’s so much easier for the Kremlin to bully and threaten individual states than it is to negotiate with a strong and closely united transatlantic community. That’s why — that’s why standing up for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine remains a vital concern for Europe and the United States,” U.S. President Joe Biden said at the 2021 Virtual Munich Security Conference.
Biden also added that addressing Russian recklessness and hacking into computer networks, in the United States and across Europe and the world, “has become critical to protecting our collective security.”
“The Kremlin attacks our democracies and weaponizes corruption to try to undermine our system of governance,” the U.S. President said.
He added that Russian leaders want to convince their people that Western countries are more corrupt or as corrupt as their leadership, but the world, including Russia’s own citizens, knows that isn’t true.
Biden emphasized that the United States returned to global leadership and that NATO remained a strong foundation for defending the interests of the entire democratic world.
In exchange for his statements, the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office said that the Burisma case wouldn’t be investigated any longer.
Ukrainian prosecutors in recent years had looked into the actions of Burisma, a company on whose board U.S. President Joe Biden’s son Hunter had served from 2014 to 2019, and its founder Mykola Zlochevsky.
“Everything that prosecutors could do, they have done,” Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said in an interview with Reuters by video link from Kyiv. “This is why I don’t see any possibilities (or) necessity to come back to these cases.”
Venediktova also said U.S. authorities had made no requests of her office since Biden took office last month.
- On February 21, artillery of the DPR/LPR forces reportedly targeted UAF positions in Pivdenne area
- On February 21, artillery of the DPR/LPR forces reportedly targeted UAF positions in Novgorodske area
- On February 19, artillery of the DPR/LPR forces reportedly targeted UAF positions in Zaitseve area
- On February 19, the DPR/LPR forces targeted positions of the UAF forces by grenade launchers near Luhanske
- On February 21, UAF artillery reportedly targeted the DPR/LPR forces near Gorlovka
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