Washington comments on the evacuation of eastern Ukraine: “ridiculous”

For their part, Ukrainian officials have responded to calls for the evacuation, by saying that Russia is trying to find “flaky” excuses to move forward with the military escalation, which Moscow denies.

Earlier, a separatist leader published a video, in which he warned of an imminent attack by the Ukrainian army, and called for the evacuation of Russian civilians.

The controversy continues over the evacuations, while the Russian “Novosti” agency reported that a violent explosion rang out in the center of Donetsk city, the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic in southeastern Ukraine, on Friday.

According to the agency, the explosion sounded dozens of meters from the seat of the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, which is loyal to Russia, and is not recognized internationally.

Russian media said that the explosion was caused by a car bomb near the government building of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Western countries fear that Russia will deploy about 150,000 of its forces, including about 60 percent of Russia’s total ground forces, near the Ukrainian border, while the Kremlin insists there are no plans to invade Ukraine.

But Moscow demanded that the United States and its allies keep Ukraine and other former Soviet republics out of NATO, not deploy weapons in Ukraine and withdraw allied forces from Eastern Europe.

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