LIVE – Ukrainian crisis: the Ukrainian president proposes a meeting with Vladimir Putin

London advises British nationals to leave Ukraine

The British Foreign Office recommends this Saturday that its nationals leave Ukraine, as long as “there are commercial options”.

“In the event of a military incursion, it is likely that trade routes out of Ukraine will be seriously disrupted and that routes through the country will be closed,” writes the Foreign Office on its website.

London also urges its nationals in Ukraine to register with the authorities. In addition, the British embassy in Kiev will “temporarily” move to Lviv, in the west of the country.

EU coordinates delivery of humanitarian aid to Ukraine

The European Union (EU) announced on Saturday that it was coordinating the delivery of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, contributing to the delivery by air of medical supplies and protective equipment requested by Kiev.

This aid, provided by member states, “aims to support Ukraine’s efforts to prepare for all possible scenarios,” the European Commission said in a statement.

The aid includes disposable medical masks, sterile gloves, electric generators, antibiotics and disinfectants provided by Slovenia, Ireland, Romania and Austria.

A second Ukrainian soldier killed on the front in the East

Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Saturday in a new outbreak of violence on the front line with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, according to a new report from the Ukrainian army.

These are the first deaths among Ukrainian servicemen for more than a month. Four soldiers were also injured and hospitalized, the army said in a statement, accusing the separatists of having committed 70 violations of the truce supposed to be in force.

Ukraine demands a ‘clear’ timetable for NATO membership

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Saturday in Munich for a “clear and achievable” timetable for his country’s NATO membership, amid fears of a Russian invasion.

Faced with Russia, the West should “support Ukraine and its defense capabilities” and give it “a clear and achievable timetable” for NATO membership, Volodymyr Zelensky told the Security Conference from Munich.

Ukrainian president proposes meeting with Vladimir Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday proposed a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, at a time when fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are at their highest.

“I don’t know what the Russian president wants, that’s why I suggest we meet,” he told the Munich Security Conference.

Kiev asks the West to stop seeking “appeasement” with Moscow

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Westerners this Saturday to stop their policy of “appeasement” of Russia, in a speech in Munich.

“Ukraine received guarantees of security when it renounced its nuclear weapons, the third largest in the world. We have no weapons. No security. (…) But we have the right to to demand an end to the policy of appeasement and to ask for guarantees of security and peace,” he said.

Lufthansa suspends flights to Kyiv and Odessa from Monday

Lufthansa will suspend scheduled flights to Kiev and Odessa from Monday until the end of February, a German airline spokesman said on Saturday, amid fears of an invasion of Ukraine by Russia are at their highest.

“The safety of our passengers and crew members is our top priority,” said the spokesperson, adding that flights remained scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, to allow people who wish to leave the country.

The company will continue to service the city of Lviv in western Ukraine, he added.

How are the Russian military positioned on the border between Ukraine and Russia?

150,000 Russian soldiers are positioned on the Ukrainian border. BFMTV takes stock of their positioning.

For the Ukrainian president, his country is “the shield of Europe” against Russia

Ukraine is “Europe’s shield” against the Russian army, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in Munich, calling on Westerners to increase their aid.

“We appreciate any help, but everyone must understand: these are not charitable contributions that Ukraine should ask for (…) It is your contribution to the security of Europe and the world. Where the Ukraine has been the shield for eight years,” he said.

Bombings, tensions … Update on the situation between Russia and Ukraine this Saturday

Tensions seem to be higher than ever between the Russia and Ukraine. In recent hours, shootings and bombardments have multiplied, without it being possible to say who is targeting whom between the government forces and the Russian separatists.

The warnings from the European Union and the United States, which consider Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Ukraine imminent, do not change anything.

> Our full article HERE.

Shells explode near Ukrainian Interior Minister, on the move on the front line

Mortar shells exploded near Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky during his trip to the front line in the east of the country, AFP journalists noted on Saturday.

The incident, which did not cause any injuries, happened near the village of Novoluganské, on the front line with Russian-backed separatists, where several Ukrainian officials have visited amid unprecedented tensions with Moscow.

Germany calls on nationals to ‘urgently’ leave Ukraine

Germany called on its nationals on Saturday to leave Ukraine “urgently” because of the risk of armed conflict in the country, according to a press release published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We warn against any travel to Ukraine,” says the text, which “urges German nationals” who are there to “leave the country without delay.

Ukrainian crisis: France recommends that its nationals leave Ukraine

France now recommends that all its nationals leave Ukraine, unless there is a compelling reason, and calls on those in the most exposed areas in the east of the country to leave “without delay”.

“It is recommended that all French nationals whose stay in Ukraine has no compelling reason to leave the country”, underlines French diplomacy in its travel advice updated on Saturday.

Those who are “in the oblasts of Kharkiv, Lugansk and Donetsk” as well as in the Dnipro region are “called upon to ‘leave these areas without delay’, she adds.