The Russian military attacked Ukraine in the early hours of this Thursday morning. Missiles hit the capital Kyiv and other cities, while ground troops advanced on several fronts on Ukrainian territory. Putin warned other states not to stand in Russia's way. Europe's press is appalled and demands consequences.
The EU member states have agreed on new
The German government has suspended the approval process for the commissioning of the
Russia has recognised the territories in Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists - the "people's republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk - as independent states. President Putin signed a decree to that effect on Monday, ordered the deployment of Russian troops to the Donbass regions and delivered a bellicose speech. Europe's media take very different views on what exactly he is trying to achieve.
Russia's latest escalation in the Ukraine conflict has alarmed states in Europe and around the world. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, the UK warned of an imminent humanitarian disaster, and Germany announced decisive measures with serious consequences. Europe's press asks key questions about security policy.
Although US President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have signalled their willingness to convene for a summit meeting, an
The situation on the Ukrainian border remains tense. Although Russia has announced a partial withdrawal of its troops stationed near Ukraine, US and Nato observers are reporting additional mobilisation. Intensified shelling and gunfire on the front in
The US and Ukraine reportedly believe a Russian invasion of Ukraine is imminent. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video: "We are told that February 16 will be the day of the attack." The US has moved its embassy from Kyiv to Lviv as a precaution. Commentators discuss how much of this talk of an invasion is strategy and how effective it can be.
The US is issuing increasingly urgent warnings about an escalation of the situation in Ukraine before the end of the
Tensions are growing in view of Russia and Belarus's massive joint military drills near the Polish and
In the press conference on Chancellor Scholz's visit to Washington on Monday, US President Biden threatened Russia saying that "there will no longer be a Nord Stream 2" in the event of a Ukraine invasion. The German head of government, on the other hand, did not address the pipeline directly. Berlin should talk turkey, commentators believe.
Russia's President Putin and his French counterpart Macron discussed the Ukraine crisis for six hours during the latter's visit to Moscow on Monday. Although no concrete results were achieved, Putin described the conversation as useful. Macron noted that there was much work to be done but that there were also issues on which the two see eye to eye. Europe's press is unimpressed.
The Spanish newspaper El País has published the
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday. At the same time, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal met with his counterparts Mateusz Morawiecki from Poland and Mark Rutte from the Netherlands. Commentators are divided as to whether this is a forward-looking closing of ranks or just PR.
In the middle of the Ukraine conflict, Hungary's Prime Minister Orbán has visited Putin in Moscow on what he described as a "peace mission". He also wanted to secure additional gas supplies, which the Kremlin boss pledged to give him. Critics have long accused Orbán of relying too much on Russia, for example regarding
The US has submitted its written response to Russia in the
The German navy chief Kay-Achim Schönbach's controversial statements on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict are making waves across Europe. Even after his resignation, Kyiv has warned Berlin against playing down the situation. Europe's press takes different views of Schönbach's assertion that Russia does not intend to invade Ukraine and that it only wants respect.
Last week Russia described the
US President Biden has raised eyebrows with comments on the likelihood of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. "It's one thing if it's a minor incursion", Biden said, but added that an invasion would be a disaster for Russia. Europe's media are outraged by the notion that Nato sanctions are apparently to depend on the scale of any invasion.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured Ukraine of the US's "unwavering support" during his visit to the country and promised an additional 200 million dollars in military aid. He also threatened Moscow with massive consequences in the event of an attack, which the US apparently considers increasingly likely. Commentators mainly see the ball in Kyiv's court now.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock met her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday. On behalf of the EU she warned Russia against
Former Ukrainian head of state Petro
As the year draws to an end, Moscow has once again adopted a harsher tone in the
After Nato and the US voiced concerns about a potential Russian winter offensive against Ukraine after a massive deployment of Russian troops, Moscow has reacted by claiming it is Kyiv that is planning an offensive in the
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a virtual summit on Tuesday to discuss the
The foreign ministers of the G7 countries and the EU demonstrated unity in the
At their last summit of the year, EU leaders have adopted a resolute stance vis-à-vis
In two drafts for treaties with the US and Nato,