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17 February 2022 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Illegal military formation with Russian Federation support increased number of provocations before UN Security Council meeting Ukraine MOD 17 Feb 2022 -- On February 17, from 4.55 a.m., the illegal military formations from several Russian-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk areas has conducted more then 40 provocative shelling of Joint Forces positions and civil infrastructure, using conventional artillery, grenade launchers, mortars and tanks on Novoaidarske, Popasnianske, and Toretsk directions.
- Operative information on situation in JFO area as of 14.00 February 17, 2022 Ukraine MOD 17 Feb 2022 -- Today, the Russian occupation forces shelled STANYTSIA LUHANSKA, Luhansk region. Terrorists fired 32 shots from 122mm heavy artillery systems. The building of kindergarten with children was damaged. Also, the infrastructure was damaged and a half of the locality was left with no power.
- Operative information on situation in JFO area as of 11.00 February 17, 2022 Ukraine MOD 17 Feb 2022 -- As of 11.00 February 17, 2022, the Ukrainian Defence Forces recorded 29 ceasefire violations committed by the Russian occupation forces, 27 of which by using weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements.
- Ukraine is not the goal of Kremlin, they want that all the world trembled - Oleksii Reznikov Ukraine MOD 17 Feb 2022 -- In the interview to RBK-Ukraine Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov spoke about threat of Russia's incursion, reaction of the West, new weapons, recognition of Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics, cancellation of conscription and Ukrainian Bayraktars.
- Update on the situation in the Joint Forces Operation area as of 07.00 February 17, 2022 Ukraine MOD 17 Feb 2022
- With Events Evolving Rapidly in Ukraine, Political Affairs Chief Calls for Diplomacy, Maximum Restraint, as Security Council Evaluates Minsk Accords UN Security Council 17 Feb 2022 -- Against the backdrop of evolving events in eastern Ukraine â€” including reported violations of the ceasefire agreement in the last 24 hours â€” it has become clear that the situation is perilous, and diplomacy must urgently prevail, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council this morning.
- US sends F-35 jets to Germany amid rising tensions in Eastern Europe Press TV 17 Feb 2022 -- The United States has deployed F-35 fighter jets to Germany as part of a plan to bolster NATO forces amid rising tensions in Eastern Europe.
- US Redeploys Several F-35 Fighters to Germany to 'Deter Aggression' As Tensions Worsen Over Ukraine Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- NATO earlier deployed a large chunk of its forces closer to its eastern frontiers citing the alleged threat that Russia would "invade" Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied planning to attack its neighbour and condemned the West's "hysteria" over the alleged offensive.
- Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's statement and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi di Maio, Moscow, February 17, 2022 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 17 Feb 2022
- Pentagon Chief: US to Relocate Some Troops to Bulgaria for Drills, Better Interoperability Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- NATO countries have been moving their troops towards the eastern boundaries of the bloc under the pretext of responding to alleged Russian plans to invade Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly rejected these unsubstantiated claims and demanded that the alliance move its forces back to its 1997 lines.
- Russia-Ukraine Crisis High on Agenda as Harris Heads to Munich VOA 17 Feb 2022 -- U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris travels Thursday to Munich, where officials say she will focus on consulting with allies about the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Holds a Press Conference at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium DoD 17 Feb 2022 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby
- NATO Leaders Look to Defense, Deterrence Against Russia DoD News 17 Feb 2022 -- NATO will continue to strengthen its defense and deterrence capabilities in the face of challenges from Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the conclusion of the Defense Ministerial in Brussels today.
- Defense Secretary Says U.S. Commitment to NATO Defense 'Ironclad' DoD News 17 Feb 2022 -- The NATO allies are united in opposing Russia's actions along Ukraine's borders, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III emphatically said U.S. commitment to the common defense is ironclad.
- NATO Defence Ministers reaffirm their strong commitment to open door policy, and the importance of partnerships NATO 17 Feb 2022 -- Today (17 February 2022), NATO Defence Ministers "met with our close partners Ukraine and Georgia; we addressed the continued threat of Russian aggression, the deteriorating security situation in the Black Sea region, and NATO's strong political and practical support for both countries," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
- Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the second day of the Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence NATO 17 Feb 2022
- Readout of President Biden's Call with Prime Minister Draghi of Italy The White House 17 Feb 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Polish Foreign Minister Rau US Dept. of State 17 Feb 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Estonian Foreign Minister Liimets US Dept. of State 17 Feb 2022
- Remarks by President Biden Before Marine One Departure The White House 17 Feb 2022
- Biden: 'Very High' Likelihood Russia Will Invade Ukraine VOA 17 Feb 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday there is a "very high" likelihood that Russia will invade Ukraine in the next several days.
- Biden Warns Threat Of Russian Invasion Of Ukraine 'Very High' As Russia Expels No. 2 Diplomat RFE/RL 17 Feb 2022 -- U.S. President Joe Biden says the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is "very high" but that the door to a diplomatic solution remains open, even after Russia expelled the No. 2 official from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken on Russia's Threat to Peace and Security at the UN Security Council US Dept. of State 17 Feb 2022 -- " As we meet today, the most immediate threat to peace and security is Russia's looming aggression against Ukraine. The stakes go far beyond Ukraine. This is a moment of peril for the lives and safety of millions of people, as well as for the foundation of the United Nations Charter and the rules-based international order that preserves stability worldwide. This crisis directly affects every member of this council and every country in the world."
- Blinken at UN: Russian Attack on Ukraine 'In Coming Days' VOA 17 Feb 2022 -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the world could expect to see Russia attack Ukraine within days and that intelligence information indicated it could be preceded by a fabricated pretext.
- 5,000 US troops arrive in Poland as Biden warns of high risk of Russia invasion of Ukraine Press TV 17 Feb 2022 -- Nearly 5,000 American troops have arrived in Poland as US President Joe Biden said he believes Russia is on the verge of invading Ukraine.
- Fringes of Right and Left Warn Against US Involvement in Ukraine VOA 17 Feb 2022 -- The crisis in Ukraine has united most Republicans and Democrats in a rare moment of bipartisan agreement that the United States must stand strong against the aggression of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Western Allies Fear Kremlin Set to Prolong Armed Intimidation VOA 17 Feb 2022 -- Ukraine's Western allies were warning last week of an "imminent" attack by Russia, and earlier this week that shifted to an assault remaining a "distinct possibility." But now a consensus is forming that the Kremlin intends to keep NATO and Kyiv in suspense and is preparing to persist with a strategy of armed blackmail for the foreseeable future.
- Kremlin says West's accusations about Russia's troop pullback from Ukraine 'unfounded' Press TV 17 Feb 2022 -- Russia has lambasted "unfounded accusations" by the US and NATO that it was not withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border, saying it will take time to draw to a close the current military exercises.
- Kremlin: Biden's Claims That Russia Could Attack Ukraine 'in Coming Days' Escalate Tensions Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- The US president claimed earlier in the day that there is "every indication" that Russia is "prepared to attack Ukraine". POTUS did not elaborate on what those indications were, except for alleged an alleged Russian troop buildup, or why, in his view, Moscow's preparedness means that the Kremlin will order an offensive.
- Russia Urges US to Stop Fuelling 'Militarist Rage', Focus on Settling Intra-Ukrainian Conflict Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- The Russian Embassy in the United States has called on Washington to focus on a diplomatic settlement of the intra-Ukrainian conflict instead of fuelling the ongoing "military rage" by journalists around the allegedly looming Russian invasion of Ukraine.
- We urge Russia to match its words with actions: Minister Cleverly's statement at the UN Security Council UK FCDO 17 Feb 2022 -- James Cleverly, Minister for Europe and North America, gave a statement at the United Nations Security Council briefing on the crisis at Ukraine's border.
- United Kingdom, Poland and Ukraine foreign ministers' joint statement, February 2022 UK FCDO 17 Feb 2022 -- The UK Foreign Secretary, Polish Foreign Affairs Minister and Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister gave a statement on joint work to build resilience in Ukraine.
- OSCE reports on conflict in eastern Ukraine: UK response UK FCDO 17 Feb 2022 -- UK Ambassador Neil Bush responds to OSCE reports by Ambassadors Ã‡evik and Kinnunen on Russia's ongoing aggression against Ukraine.
- Foreign Secretary's keynote speech in Ukraine, 17 February 2022 UK FCDO 17 Feb 2022 -- Liz Truss spoke at Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyiv on how nations can work together to make sure that Ukraine, and all of us, are safer in the years to come.
- Russia must pull back, or there will be trouble in the pipeline: article by Liz Truss UK FCDO 17 Feb 2022 -- In The Telegraph the Foreign Secretary writes the UK and our allies must stand up to and defuse Russian aggression towards Ukraine for a more secure future for all.
- Ukraine crisis: UN political affairs chief calls for 'maximum restraint' UN News 17 Feb 2022 -- Amid competing narratives of events unfolding swiftly in and around Ukraine - one detailing the withdrawal of Russian troops from the borders and another proclaiming that an attack is imminent - the UN political affairs chief called on Thursday for the parties to make meaningful progress on implementation of the 2015 Minsk agreements, as she briefed the Security Council.
- Britain Joins Criticism Of Duma Proposal To Recognize Eastern Ukrainian Regions As Independent RFE/RL 17 Feb 2022 -- Britain has warned the Kremlin against formally recognizing two eastern regions in Ukraine as independent, saying such a move would show "flagrant disregard" for Moscow's commitments to a peace process started years ago to end a conflict in the two regions.
- Belarus' Decision on Recognition of DPR, LPR Will Be Joint With Russia, Lukashenko Says Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- Earlier, the Russian Parliament, the Duma, voted in favour of requesting the president to recognise the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. Commenting on the request, Putin said that Russia will always act in Donbass' interests and stressed the importance of the Minsk agreements.
- Ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine say attacked by govt. forces Press TV 17 Feb 2022 -- Ethnic Russians in Ukraine's Donbass region say government forces have repeatedly attacked them, but Kiev denies the allegation, amid growing security tensions between Moscow and the US-led NATO over Ukraine.
- Ukrainian Forces Shell Outskirts of Donetsk, DPR Says Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- Earlier on Thursday, the militia of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine stated that the situation in the region has deteriorated significantly over the past day, as Kiev is trying to escalate the conflict.
- Duma requests Putin recognises Donetsk and Luhansk as independent: Foreign Secretary's statement UK FCDO 17 Feb 2022 -- Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has criticised the Duma's request that Vladimir Putin recognises the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent.
- Whither The Oligarchs? Amid Russia Crisis, Fears For Ukraine's Struggle To Uproot Corruption RFE/RL 17 Feb 2022 -- The jets - private, elite, and chartered - were clearly seen on the flight trackers, as was the direction they were headed in: out of Ukraine, toward the West, away from a country facing the threat of a major new Russian invasion.
- Ukraine 'invasion' day passes peacefully, defies 'war hype' Global Times 17 Feb 2022 -- Although the US previously claimed that Russia planned to attack Ukraine on Wednesday, the day passed peacefully with the recent partial pullback of Russian troops from some border areas, although Washington and NATO said they did not see the pullback and are insistent on their claims of imminent war to prevent an easing of tensions.
- Russia warns of 'military and technical measures', says US security proposals ignore its major concerns Press TV 17 Feb 2022 -- Russia has warned of "military and technical measures" if the US refuses to give it legally-binding security guarantees and ignores its concerns.
- Here's what Russia told US and NATO after its proposals were rejected RT 17 Feb 2022 -- Moscow addressed the situation in Ukraine, US nuclear weapons in Europe, NATO violating treaties, and the law-based way forward. The overall sentiment of the 10-page document, published by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Thursday, was that the US and its allies refused to even address Russia's "red lines" and key security interests. The MFA also addressed specific issues such as Ukraine, Crimea, US troop presence and weapons build-up along Russian borders, as well as arms control. Here are the key takeaways.
- Russian Foreign Ministry Releases Response to US on Security Guarantees Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier in the day that the response to the United States on the security proposals would be made public. A State Department official has confirmed to CBS that the response was received by US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan.
- First Russian Military Units Return to Home Bases After Drills Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- Russia's Defence Ministry also said that after the completion of the military drills in Belarus, Russian troops will return to their permanent bases.
- Some 20 Russian Warships of Caspian Flotilla Leave for Naval Exercises Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- Some 20 warships of the Caspian Flotilla have left their home basis in Russia's Dagestan for naval drills in the Caspian Sea, the Russian Southern Military District said on Thursday.
- Russian Tank Units Returning to Home Base From Planned Drills, MoD Says Sputnik 17 Feb 2022 -- The units of the tank army of Russia's Western Military District (WMD) are returning to the site of permanent deployment after conducting planned exercises, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.
- Biden, Scholz cast doubt over Russia pullback as NATO mulls new combat units Press TV 17 Feb 2022 -- US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have called on Russia to take "real steps towards de-escalation," reiterating that they have seen no significant withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukraine border.
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