U.s. sends troops to ukraine
This is a premeditated attack. Vladimir Putin has been planning this for months, as I have, as we have been saying all along. He moved more than 175,000 troops and military equipment into positions along the Ukrainian border.
It rejected every good faith effort that the United States and our allies and partners made to address our mutual security concerns through dialogue to avoid unnecessary conflict and to avoid human suffering.
We have been transparent with the world, we have shared declassified evidence about Russia’s plans and cyberattacks and false pretenses so that there was no confusion or cover-up about what Putin was doing.
Twenty-seven members of the European Union, including France, Germany and Italy, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and many others to amplify the joint impact of our response.
We have already seen the impact of our actions on the Russian currency, the ruble, which earlier today reached its weakest level ever, more than ever in history. The Russian stock market plunged today. Interest rates on Russian government loans are up more than 15 percent.
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Since the end of World War II, the United States, given the weakness of most of the countries of the world and shielded by anti-communism, used its economic and military power and the financial organizations born of the Bretton Woods agreement to sanction those states that did not align themselves with its economic and strategic interests.
The most recent excuses for sanctions have been the violation of human rights and terrorism, even in countries where it has been proven by declassified documents that the U.S. government itself has encouraged, financed and protected dictatorial regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, not to mention the dozens of invasions and coups d’états – the perfect backdrop for subjugation and subordination.
In 1950, with the entry of the United States into the Korean War (between North and South Korea), the first economic sanctions were introduced against North Korea, one of the most affected countries, and remained in place until 2008. This decision was aimed at weakening the “Soviet Union’s support” for its ally in the North.
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Vladimir Putin repeatedly insisted that Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine involved only professional soldiers and officers and would not use conscripts. However, the Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged on March 9 that it used soldiers recruited in Ukraine (in English) and that some were captured by Ukrainian forces.
“What kind of trust can there be if Putin says one day that no conscripts will be sent there … and then the Defense Ministry acknowledges that they were there?” commented Alexei Tabalov, a lawyer advising the conscripts, to the Associated Press.
“The families are in utter ignorance,” he told The Guardian newspaper. “I know the situation is really bad when the families tell me they can no longer contact the soldiers.”
A student (in English) from Donbas was sent by the Russian military to Mariupol without training and with rifles older than those given to professional soldiers. His unit experienced heavy fighting. Members of the unit drank water with dead frogs.
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In addition to the Russian military withdrawal, the adopted text demands that Russia immediately cease the use of force against Ukraine and unconditionally reverse the decision to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk.
The General Assembly also called on the parties to comply with the Minsk agreements and urges peaceful resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine “through political dialogue, negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means.”
“The General Assembly has spoken. (…) The message is loud and clear: End hostilities in Ukraine, now. Silence the guns, now. Open the door to dialogue and diplomacy, now,” stated António Guterres.
In another vein, the UN head emphasized the rapid mobilization of funds for humanitarian operations in Ukraine and its neighboring countries and stressed the enormous international generosity seen yesterday in the response to the appeal to raise resources to provide life-saving assistance to the affected population.