Kiev, Ukraine This week’s discussion will discuss the fate of their country US-Russia talks, Ukrainians took to the streets on weekends to defend their independence and support another cause—— Protest in Kazakhstan.
On Sunday, demonstrators in Ukraine’s second largest city, Kiev and Kharkov, held signs that read “Say No to Putin” and fluttered the flag of Kazakhstan next to the Ukrainian flag.
On Saturday, the blue and gold flag of Kazakhstan also appeared in the winter sky over Kiev. This is a protest organized by drones. Dronarium, a community of drone enthusiasts, is known for its political statements.
“Every country has the right to protect its socio-economic and political rights through peaceful protests,” said drone operator Vitaly Shevchuk. It is more like a punitive action, and may become a profession. “
After a week Violent protest Beginning with rising fuel prices and rapidly spreading across the country-causing at least 164 deaths, 2,000 injuries and nearly 6,000 arrests-a Russian-led military alliance has now Restore control of Kazakhstan To the government.
A statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a coalition of several former Soviet states, deployed approximately 2,500 soldiers to Kazakhstan to help quell the protests, including guarding “important facilities and society.” Infrastructure” Russian paratroopers.
Critics accused Russia of “occupying” its participation. Former minister and opposition leader Kazakh Mukhtar Ablyazov warned that unless the West intervenes, President Vladimir Putin will take the country Pull in “Soviet-like structure.”
The motives of the Ukrainians are more to confront Putin than to have a common cause with protests. Ukrainians also urge resistance.
“dictator [Putin] I want to use force to rebuild the Soviet Union,” said Olga Angelova, one of the Kiev protesters.
“He must be stopped — we Ukrainians will resist the occupiers. We call on the West not to accept Putin’s ultimatum,” she said, referring to this week’s Possible Russian invasion Ukraine.
The leader of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Kazakhstan was the commander Andrey Serdyukov, which sparked further speculation about the Ukrainian occupation-the colonel had previously led the troops in Crimea, who Annexed by Moscow in 2014, Donbass is controlled by separatists backed by Russia.
As U.S. and Russian diplomats meet this week, talks will begin in Geneva and Brussels on Monday. negotiation It may become a decisive moment in the history of NATO-Russian relations.
However, Ukraine will be absent from two of the three negotiations, which has prompted Dmytro Kuleba, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and others to widely use the statement that “there is no decision about Ukraine without Ukraine”.
The current threat came after eight years of low-level conflict that resulted in the deaths of more than 13,000 people.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken spoke of “diplomatic and easing the situation” last week, but on Sunday, Washington played down expectations of a breakthrough in the talks, and Russia said it would not make concessions under pressure from the United States.
Experts are divided on how the unrest in Kazakhstan will affect Putin’s position on Ukraine-whether this will avoid pressure in his current distracted situation, or encourage him to make him less willing to compromise.
Timothy Ash, senior strategist at BlueBay Asset Management, said: “Putin may be smart and hopes to achieve a major victory in Ukraine to get rid of his humiliation in Kazakhstan.”
“[US President Joe] Biden may think that the situation in Kazakhstan has weakened Putin-the United States will assess the situation and believe that Putin is unlikely to face a crisis in two ways. So Biden is unlikely to compromise.
“This makes the situation in Ukraine more dangerous, not more dangerous.”
For weeks, the United States has been warning that Russia has deployed a large number of troops near Ukraine and may intend to launch a new invasion.
It is believed that there have been no major movements in the past few weeks. In late December, 10,000 soldiers were reportedly evacuated, but the location of the remaining troops may attack parts of the country.
Therefore, the United States and Ukraine have expanded their cooperation on intelligence and security matters.
If Moscow does take military action, Washington officials are preparing unprecedented sanctions and trying to gain support from European allies in the form of similar measures.
According to the New York Times, the sanctions may be aimed at “cutting off the largest Russian financial institution that relies on global financial transfers.” This is a “high-impact, fast action” that was not taken in 2014.
For negotiations to succeed, they must compromise.
Russia put forward an ultimatum in exchange for easing tensions with Ukraine — never allow Ukraine to join NATO — but this has been rejected by the United States and NATO.