London (AFP) – February 19, 2022. 10:57
Russia continues to strengthen its forces .. and Johnson calls on Westerners to show solidarity
- Johnson: There is still a chance to avoid bloodshed in Ukraine
- The United States reveals the presence of 150,000 Russian soldiers on the border of Ukraine
The British Prime Minister confirmed Boris Johnson That there is still opportunity to avoid needless bloodshed, in Ukrainecalling on Westerners to “solidarity”, before heading to Germany to participate in the Munich Security Conference.
confirmed Downing Street That Russia continued to reinforce its forces on the border with Ukraine with seven thousand additional soldiers, although Moscow asserts the opposite.
For its part, the United States talks about the presence of 150,000 Russian soldiers on the borders of Ukraine, and believes that this number may reach 190,000 if separatist forces are included, according to a US official.
There is still a chance to avoid needless bloodshed, but it takes Westerners to show a solidarity that goes beyond anything we have seen in recent history.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
In a statement, Johnson said: “There is still a chance to avoid needless bloodshed, but it will require Westerners to demonstrate a solidarity that goes beyond anything we have seen in recent history.”
“Allies must speak with one voice to assure (Russian) President Vladimir Putin of the heavy price he will have to pay. Diplomacy can still prevail,” added the British leader, who is attending the Munich conference on Saturday.
The Munich conference takes place from Friday to Sunday at the height of tension between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.
The British government had accused the Russian intelligence of being behind the cyber attacks that targeted the sector Ukrainian financial Which Moscow has nothing to do with.
The British Foreign Office said in a statement that “the British government considers the Russian military intelligence to be involved in the” cyber attacks “this week” targeting the financial sector in Ukraine.
The British statement came shortly after the United States directed the same accusation against Russia. While London only blamed Moscow for the attacks on the Ukrainian financial sector, the United States expanded its accusation, blaming Russia for cyber attacks that targeted Ukrainian government websites this week.
The British statement stressed that London’s decision to “publicly hold Moscow responsible” for these attacks “confirms the fact that the United Kingdom and its allies will not tolerate any malicious cyber activity.”