Ukraine urges West to take action now to prevent Putin taking military action

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On Wednesday, Ukraine urged Western allies to show they were prepared to punish Moscow with new sanctions, including kicking Russia out of the global SWIFT payment system, to deter the Kremlin from reusing more military force against Ukraine. In an interview with Reuters, the Foreign Minister Dmytro KulebaKuleba said that while Kyiv had no new information indicating that Ukraine had decided to take new military action against Russia, it was important for the West now to aco act to prevent that happening. Russia is trying to shore up international support in its standoff with Moscow over a build-up of Russian troops on its eastern border and Crimea. I can't state how the decision on the deployment of military operation against Ukraine has already been taken. So it can go in either direction now, Putin said; and this is why the reaction of West, the consolidated reaction of the West, is so important now to prevent Kuleba from making that decision. Kyiv and Moscow traded blame for a collapse in the ceasefire in the eastern Donbass region, where Russian troops have been fighting against Ukrainian forces in a conflict Kyiv says killed 14,000 people since 2014. Kuleba said he asked Washington to provide powerful means of electronic warfare to fight Russia's ability to block Ukrainian communications when he met U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinkeny Blinken last week. He also revealed that he had urged a meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers on Monday to consider banning Russia from SWIFT as part of a package of new economic sanctions if Russia escalated the situation. Western diplomacy had helped restrain Russia but everything will depend on whether they're ready to follow their words with action, Kuleba said. He said Ukraine had not received a response from the Kremlin to president Vladimir PutinPutin's invitation to his Russian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday for talks in the Donbass conflict zone. Read More. On Wednesday, Putin warned the West not to cross Russia's Red Lines, saying Moscow would respond swiftly and harshly to any provocations. more read. I read the message of President Putin the following way: 'we will cross your red lines but you are not allowed to cross our red lines, and we will be defining where our red lines are' said Kuleba.

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