West dials up response to Putin’s move on Ukraine
24 February 2022 | 1:56 pm
How to respond to Russia's soldiers and tanks? After months of buildup and shuttle diplomacy, the gloves are now off as Russian President Vladimir Putin's has made his move for southeastern Ukraine. How far is the West willing to go for a non-NATO member that is pining to join the military alliance?
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Germany's foreign minister was in Egypt when she called on German nationals to leave Ukraine. During her whirlwind Middle East tour, she was preoccupied by the crisis in Eastern Europe, DW's Rosalia Romaniec reports.
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Russia's Permanent Representative to the European Union denied that the six Russian naval ships in the Black Sea have anything to do with Ukraine. Vladimir A. Chizhov also insisted that Moscow has no intention to make a move on Ukrainian territory and reiterated that the Kremlin is committed to a diplomatic outcome to the crisis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken directly with US President Joe Biden, in the latest attempt to defuse tensions. The call comes as more and more governments tell their citizens to leave Ukraine.
The week began with Emmanuel Macron heading to Moscow for what he hopes will be the start of the long road to de-escalation over Ukraine.
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Fears that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be imminent have sent jitters across global stock markets. In Europe, Paris's CAC 40 and Germany's DAX both fell more than 3 percent at midday. Russia's main stock market also saw a sharp decline, adding to last week's sell-off. Plus, after two years grappling with changes to their careers, a growing number of people in France are turning to the real estate sector to start a completely new job.
The German press discusses the stakes for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as he heads to Ukraine and Russia. We also take a look at some cartoons. Meanwhile, the papers are discussing the rap-focused Super Bowl halftime show and how it "sticks it" to the NFL. We also find out why some Ugandan schools are closing for good. Finally, it's Valentine's Day and the press explains why kissing is good for us.
Dutch airline KLM announced on Saturday that it is canceling flights into Ukraine, a move that comes amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Kyiv. The airline said the decision was made after “an extensive safety analysis,” noting that it followed “adjusted travel advice to code red.”
Washington claims Russia is moving forces towards Ukraine while Russia says more of its tanks and jets are leaving the area. Germany's Annalena Baerbock accused Moscow of making Cold War demands. DW has the latest.
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The move is a stark U-turn for the country, which held a more neutral stance on the alliance in the past. Sweden is expected to follow suit.
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Mikhail Kasyanov, who served as prime minister under Vladimir Putin in the early 2000s, told DW he believed that the Russian president had "already started to realize that he's losing this war."
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Over 3 million refugees have arrived in Poland since the war in Ukraine began. The majority are still in the country and many have found homes with Poles who took them in spontaneously. But many volunteers are exhausted, and the government says it needs help.
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine is being felt far and wide. The ravaged agricultural industry is causing shortages of staples such as wheat, sunflower oil, and corn. DW met a farmer struggling to pick up the pieces after Russian troops destroyed his livelihood.
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As the British government indicates it is preparing to deviate from the Northern Ireland Protocol – a key part of the Brexit deal – the European Commissioner overseeing EU-UK relations tells FRANCE 24 he is "appealing to the UK government to come back to the negotiating table". Maros Sefcovic spoke to our Europe editor Catherine Nicholson.