Munich (AFP) – February 19, 2022. 00:26
The evacuation of civilians in eastern Ukraine is a prelude to a Russian military offensive
- Ukraine denies military attack on separatist regions
- A car explosion near the headquarters of the “Government of the Donetsk People’s Republic”
The United States considered that the announcement of the evacuation of civilians from separatist areas in eastern Ukraine to Russia constitutes a maneuver by Moscow that paves the way for an imminent military attack.
A spokesman for the US State Department in Munich, which is hosting the conference on security, said that “using people as pawns to distract the world from Russia’s reinforcement of its forces in order to (launch) an attack is cruel and shameful.”
He added, “Such statements constitute other attempts to hide the fact that Russia is the aggressor in this conflict, through lies and disinformation.”
This evacuation was announced by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, to include primarily women, children and the elderly.
They accuse Kiev of preparing for an invasion after clashes erupted in this region, but Ukraine She categorically denies this.
Russian television stations showed scenes of evictions, especially children.
48 hours ago, violence resumed along the front line, and the Ukrainians and the separatists exchanged accusations of firing heavy weapons on the other side and targeting civilians.
At around 16:00 GMT, a car exploded near the headquarters of the “Government of the Donetsk People’s Republic”.