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20 January 2022 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Transatlantic Quad Foreign Ministers US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Borrell, and Polish Defense Minister BĹ‚aszczak US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022
- Blinken Vows 'Swift and Massive' Response Should Russia Invade Ukraine VOA 20 Jan 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Thursday that the United States and its allies would inflict "swift and massive" costs on Russia if it invades Ukraine but said Russian President Vladimir Putin can still opt for a diplomatic solution to rising tensions in eastern Europe.
- Any Russian Move Across Ukraine's Border Would Be An 'Invasion,' Biden Cautions RFE/RL 20 Jan 2022 -- The United States has made clear to President Vladimir Putin that any Russian movement into Ukraine would be considered an invasion, President Joe Biden said on January 20.
- Biden: Any Russian movement into Ukraine 'is an invasion' Press TV 20 Jan 2022 -- US President Joe Biden has said that any Russian movement into Ukraine "is an invasion," seeking to clear up his remarks from a day earlier when he appeared to distinguish between a Russian invasion of Ukraine and a "minor incursion."
- Moscow: Biden's threats against Russia not to help reduce rising tensions Press TV 20 Jan 2022 -- Moscow says US President Joe Biden's warnings of devastating consequences for Russia will not help defuse rising tensions over Ukraine and will rather destabilize the situation further.
- US again threatens Russia with 'severe costs' over 'Ukraine invasion' Press TV 20 Jan 2022 -- The United States has again threatened Russia with "severe costs" if it launches any military action in neighboring Ukraine, despite Moscow's repeated denials.
- The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Call with B9 Counterparts The White House 20 Jan 2022
- Fact vs. Fiction: Russian Disinformation on Ukraine US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022 -- The Department of State, working with the U.S. interagency, is aware of several Russian military and intelligence entities that are engaged in information confrontation targeting Ukraine. These activities include the spread of disinformation and propaganda attempting to paint Ukraine and Ukrainian government officials as the aggressor in the Russia-Ukraine relationship. Such measures are intended to influence Western countries into believing Ukraine's behavior could provoke a global conflict and convince Russian citizens of the need for Russian military action in Ukraine. Below are examples of Russian lies about the current crisis and its causes - and the truth.
- Taking Action to Expose and Disrupt Russia's Destabilization Campaign in Ukraine US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022 -- In advance of a potential further invasion of Ukraine, Russian intelligence services, mainly the Federal Security Service (FSB), a U.S. sanctioned entity, have been recruiting Ukrainian nationals in key positions to gain access to sensitive information. The FSB leverages these officials in an attempt to create instability in Ukraine. In close coordination with the Government of Ukraine, the United States is working to identify, expose, and impose costs on these actors in order to foil these influence operations.
- U.S. Sanctions Four Ukrainians, Including Two Deputies, For Assisting Kremlin Destabilization Efforts RFE/RL 20 Jan 2022 -- The United States has sanctioned four Ukrainian nationals, including two members of parliament, after accusing them of supporting Russian efforts to destabilize the country.
- Treasury Sanctions Russian-Backed Actors Responsible for Destabilization Activities in Ukraine US Treasury 20 Jan 2022 -- Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four individuals engaged in Russian government-directed influence activities to destabilize Ukraine. This is the latest action we have taken to target purveyors of Russian disinformation, including designations in April 2021.
- US Sanctions 4 Ukrainians Accused of Aiding Russia VOA 20 Jan 2022 -- The U.S. government says it is sanctioning four Ukrainians "engaged in Russian government-directed influence activities to destabilize Ukraine."
- United States Files Civil Forfeiture Complaint for Proceeds of Alleged Fraud and Theft from PrivatBank in Ukraine US Dept. of Justice 20 Jan 2022 -- The United States filed a civil forfeiture complaint today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging that more than $6 million in proceeds from the sale of commercial real estate in Dallas, Texas, which property was maintained and improved using the proceeds of embezzlement and fraud from PrivatBank in Ukraine, are subject to forfeiture based on violations of federal money laundering statutes.
- US allows three NATO allies to send US-made missiles to Ukraine: Report Press TV 20 Jan 2022 -- The United States has given permission to three fellow-NATO member states in the Baltic region to send US-made missiles and other armaments to Ukraine, sources say, amid boiling tensions between Russia and the West over the ex-Soviet country.
- Stoltenberg Says NATO Helping Train Ukraine Forces to Resist Russia Sputnik 20 Jan 2022 -- NATO is helping train Ukrainian forces to resist a possible Russian invasion of their country, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.
- 'Putin Is Making A Great Mistake' Over Ukraine, Says Polish Ex-Foreign Minister RFE/RL 20 Jan 2022 -- Former Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski says Russian President Vladimir Putin is "making a great mistake," as Russia masses tens of thousands of troops on the border with Ukraine in what Kyiv and its allies fear could be preparations for a new military offensive.
- US Speaks About Russia's Alleged Invasion of Ukraine to Cover Its Provocations, Moscow Says Sputnik 20 Jan 2022 -- US statements about Russia allegedly preparing an offensive against Ukraine are needed to create a backdrop for its own large-scale military provocations, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
- Ukraine: What We Know VOA 20 Jan 2022 -- Russia's buildup of an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine, along with military exercises in Belarus, has raised concern that Russia could be planning an invasion of Ukraine. Russia's positions include troops, tanks and artillery to Ukraine's north, south and east.
- 'They're Going To Ukraine': Social Media Chatter Sheds Light On Russia's Military Mobilization RFE/RL 20 Jan 2022 -- Russian-language social media posts are helping expose the scale and nature of Moscow's military mobilization amid rising tensions with NATO, and shedding light on concerns voiced by relatives of troops headed westward for apparent deployment near Ukraine, a joint investigation by RFE/RL's Russian Service and the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) shows.
- Russia's Top Five Persistent Disinformation Narratives US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022 -- Over many years, Russia has fabricated a set of false narratives that its disinformation and propaganda ecosystem persistently injects into the global information environment. These narratives act like a template, which enables the Kremlin to adjust these narratives, with one consistency - a complete disregard for truth as it shapes the information environment to support its policy goals.
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with German Chancellor Scholz US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at a Joint Press Availability US Dept. of State 20 Jan 2022
- Biden Predicts Russia Will 'Move In' To Ukraine RFE/RL 20 Jan 2022 -- President Joe Biden predicted Russia will make a move on Ukraine but said President Vladimir Putin likely hasn't decided and the country would face severe economic consequences should a military offensive occur.
- Ukrainian president, U.S. secretary of state discuss security situation around Ukraine People's Daily 20 Jan 2022 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met here on Wednesday to discuss the security situation around Ukraine, Zelensky's press service said.
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