Ukraine-Russia, the latest news live: Kiev denies shelling pro-Russian rebels


The latest news on the crisis between Ukraine and Russia: the withdrawal announced

The tension between Ukraine and Russia does not drop (here the explanation of the origins of the crisis) and the expected de-escalation still seems far away. Yesterday, February 16, Moscow announced the end of military exercises in the Crimea. But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was unable to say whether the Russians were indeed withdrawing their troops. Furthermore, according to NATO, satellite images “confirm that there has been no withdrawal of military forces”.

09.14 – Stoltenberg (NATO): “Our support for Ukraine-Georgia continues”
At the opening of the second day of the Defense Ministerial in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declared: “Our support for Ukraine and Georgia continues”.

08.32 – Ukraine denies having shelled the pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country
The Ukrainian army denies having launched mortar rounds against separatist positions in the pro-Russian region in the east of the country and has indeed replied that it was the rebels who shelled the positions in Kiev. This was reported by the Reuters agency which overheard a Ukrainian military spokesman on the phone. “Despite the fact that our positions were hit with prohibited weapons, including 122 mm artillery, the Ukrainian troops did not respond by opening fire.”

07.21 am- Zelensky: “We’ll say there’s a retreat when it happens”
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the withdrawal of Moscow troops from the Ukrainian border is not yet evident. Zelensky explained that there are “various signals” in this sense, but added that “it is not the time to trust the signals”. “The situation is under control, but we are not seeing any change: we are seeing a concentration of troops and small rotations. I wouldn’t call it a troop withdrawal. I would not draw conclusions, ”said the Ukrainian president. “We will say that there is a withdrawal when it happens,” he concluded.

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