A military confrontation between the United States and Russia seems imminent in Ukraine after Vladimir Putin ordered troops to enter the breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine.
European Council President Charles Michel said on Tuesday that the EU stood with Ukraine even as Russian soldiers were ordered by Putin to enter the eastern part of the country where separatist groups are domiciled.
On Monday, Putin ordered the deployment of “peacekeeping” military forces in the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, after recognizing them as sovereign nations.
Putin claimed the West must realize that Ukraine was still part of Russian territory, but the US government called his behavior “nonsense”.
Michel tweeted that the EU would support Ukraine despite Russia’s actions.
“I spoke with President @ZelenskyyUa to express the EU’s full solidarity with Ukraine. The EU stands firmly by your side and fully supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The decision of the Russia is an attack on international law and the rules-based international order,” he tweeted.
The Ukrainian government is responsible for giving a national address today.
The US State Department expects a conflict in the coming days and said: “In the event of an attack, American citizens should seek refuge in a hardened structure and monitor major news outlets for when it is safe to move”.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also called on China “to preserve Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.