Russia Ukraine crisis live: Russian-backed separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine said on Friday that a car had exploded near their government building in the center of the city of Donetsk, TASS news agency reported. Russian news agency Interfax reported that no one was injured in the incident. Russian news agency RIA reported that there was a large explosion.
The United States now estimates that Russia likely amassed between 169,000 and 190,000 people in and around Ukraine, up from around 100,000 on January 30, said Michael Carpenter, the United States’ permanent representative to the Organization. for security and cooperation in Europe. Russia announced new drills involving “strategic forces” on Saturday, with Moscow saying Putin would oversee operations. The number of Russian troops around Ukraine has reached 149,000, Kiev announced on Friday. The Guardian reported that the Russian drills “will involve forces and equipment from the Aerospace Forces, Southern Military District, Strategic Missile Forces, Northern Fleet and Black Sea Fleet,” the official said. ministry.
Meanwhile, shelling in Ukraine on Thursday resumed The West fears an imminent Russian invasion as US President Joe Biden has stated, Moscow is preparing a pretext to justify a possible attack and the Kremlin has expelled an American diplomat. Russia expelled US Deputy Chief of Mission Bart Gorman, but a senior State Department official said he left last week. Moscow cited the US expulsion of a senior official in Washington, who it says was forced to leave before a replacement could be found amid a US ‘visa war’ . Washington said it would respond to the “unprovoked” decision. Early morning exchanges of fire between Kiev forces and pro-Russian separatists – who have been at war for years and where a ceasefire is periodically violated – have alarmed Western countries who have said an incursion could occur at any time.