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16 February 2022 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with defenders in Mariupol: The war has been going on for eight years, and Ukraine has become just as many times stronger Ukraine MOD 16 Feb 2022 -- In Mariupol, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with servicemen and law enforcement officers who defend Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- President held a meeting on the security situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions Ukraine MOD 16 Feb 2022 -- During a working trip to the Donetsk region, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting on the security situation and the readiness of the security and defense forces to repel the armed aggression of the Russian Federation.
- Update on the situation in the Joint Forces Operation area as of 17.00 February 16, 2022 Ukraine MOD 16 Feb 2022
- Updated situation in the Joint Forces Operation area as of 11.00 February 16, 2022 Ukraine MOD 16 Feb 2022
- Address by the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov on the Day of Unity Ukraine MOD 16 Feb 2022
- Update on the situation in the Joint Forces Operation area as of 07.00 February 16, 2022 Ukraine MOD 16 Feb 2022
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With the Euro Quad: France, Germany, and the United Kingdom DoD 16 Feb 2022
- Finland Says It Won't Send Weapons to Ukraine, Yet Raises Internal Security Level Sputnik 16 Feb 2022 -- Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto rejected the notion that Helsinki was shying away from military help for Ukraine over fears of Russian reprisal and emphasised the country's rule of not exporting arms to conflict zones. Instead underscoring Finland's financial help to Ukraine, adding that another package is under consideration.
- US, NATO: Russia Boosting, Not Reducing Military Presence at Ukraine Border VOA 16 Feb 2022 -- Russia is boosting its military buildup and encircling much of Ukraine despite Moscow's claims that it is withdrawing some troops, the United States and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
- West Skeptical of Russian Troop Withdrawal as Ukraine Diplomacy Continues VOA 16 Feb 2022 -- Russia reiterated claims Wednesday that it has begun withdrawing some troops from close to the Ukrainian border. Many Western nations, however, say there is little evidence of a pullback and fear an invasion of Ukraine is still imminent.
- Statement by NATO Defence Ministers on the situation in and around Ukraine NATO 16 Feb 2022 -- "We are gravely concerned by the very large scale, unprovoked and unjustified Russian military build-up in and around Ukraine and in Belarus. We urge Russia, in the strongest possible terms, to choose the path of diplomacy, and to immediately reverse its build-up and withdraw its forces from Ukraine in accordance with its international obligations and commitments. We remain committed to our dual-track approach to Russia: strong deterrence and defence, combined with openness to dialogue."
- Kremlin: NATO Has Issues With Assessing Situation as Bloc Doubts Russian Troop Withdrawal Sputnik 16 Feb 2022 -- Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg refused to call Russia's withdrawal of troops from its southern border a de-escalation, claiming that Moscow is constantly moving troops around and that the alliance hasn't seen a real pullout of forces.
- West Skeptical Of Russia Pullout Claims, Says Moscow Still Adding Troops To Ukraine Buildup RFE/RL 16 Feb 2022 -- Western countries and Kyiv have challenged Russia's claims that it has started pulling back troops from the border with Ukraine, saying Moscow continues its massive military buildup that triggered fears of an imminent invasion.
- Russia: If NATO Refuses to Publicly Reject Ukraine as Member, Kiev Should Declare Itself Non-Aligned Sputnik 16 Feb 2022 -- Ukraine earlier cemented its plan to join NATO in its Constitution. The alliance itself refused to honour Moscow's demands on security to deny Kiev membership. The Kremlin has repeatedly warned that deploying NATO forces in Ukraine will be viewed as a security threat by Russia.
- Russia ends military drills in Crimea, will return some troops to bases as West remains skeptic Press TV 16 Feb 2022 -- Russia says it has ended its military drills in Crimea and will return an unspecified number of its troops to their bases, a move that could be regarded as an attempt to settle the growing security tensions between Moscow and the US-led NATO over Ukraine.
- Blinken Claims Zelensky Takes Threat to Ukraine Seriously, But Does Not Want People to Panic Sputnik 16 Feb 2022 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is taking the threat of invasion of his country seriously, but he does not want the people to panic, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.
- Russia Opens Criminal Case After Discovery of Mass Graves of Civilians in Donbass Sputnik 16 Feb 2022 -- The Russian Investigative Committee said on Wednesday it had opened a criminal case after the discovery of mass graves of civilians in Donbass.
- Russia blasts Western 'paranoia', China says US 'hyping up' Ukraine tension Press TV 16 Feb 2022 -- Russia's deputy envoy to the United Nations (UN) has advised Western leaders to see a doctor for their "paranoia" that Russia might stage an invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
- China Hopes US Stops Spreading Disinformation on Ukraine Sputnik 16 Feb 2022 -- China believes that US efforts to fuel a Russian threat have severely damaged Ukraine's economy and social stability, and expresses the hope that the spread of misinformation will stop, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Wednesday.
- Ukraine Appeals to UN Security Council to Discuss Russian Bill on Recognition of Donbass Republics Sputnik 16 Feb 2022 -- Russian federal lawmakers on Tuesday approved a draft resolution calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize the two self-declared republics in the Donbass as independent states.
- Moscow's Talk Of Recognizing Separatist-Claimed Parts Of Ukraine Seen As A 'Pressure Tactic' RFE/RL 16 Feb 2022 -- In a dramatic spectacle on February 15, the Russian State Duma adopted a nonbinding resolution urging President Vladimir Putin to recognize the separatist-claimed parts of eastern Ukraine as independent states. Coming amid international alarm bells about the major concentration of Russian military forces along the border with Ukraine and in the occupied Ukrainian region of Crimea, the specter of recognition threw another log onto the fire of tensions in the area.
- Blinken Warns Russia Not to Recognize Two Russian-Backed Breakaway Regions in Ukraine VOA 16 Feb 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced Wednesday a move by Russian legislators to recognize two Russian-supported breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent.
- Blinken warns Russia of 'swift response' over vote on Donbas recognition Press TV 16 Feb 2022 -- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday decried the vote by Russia's parliament that urged President Vladimir Putin to recognize two pro-Russia regions in eastern Ukraine as independent.
- Russian Duma Resolution on Eastern Ukraine US Dept. of State 16 Feb 2022 -- "The Russian Duma has stated that it plans to send to President Putin an appeal to recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics as "independent.""
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With German Federal Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht DoD 16 Feb 2022
- Readout of President Biden's Call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany The White House 16 Feb 2022
- Biden urges diplomacy, threatens sanctions against Russia in remarks on Ukraine situation People's Daily 16 Feb 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday said the United States is still pursuing a diplomatic solution to the current standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine, meanwhile warning Russia of severe sanctions should it choose to invade its neighbor.
- Putin, Scholz agree on need to avert war amid Ukraine tensions People's Daily 16 Feb 2022 -- Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday underlined the need to avoid a war over Ukraine and to settle the crisis via diplomatic efforts.
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