Russia: Expert discusses tensions with Ukraine
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Relations between Moscow and Kiev continue to deteriorate and officials in Ukraine have called on more support from the West. The recent breakdown in diplomatic ties stems from the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russian forces in 2014. The conflict in the region has resulted in the death of 14,000 people since 2014, according to officials in Kiev.
The threat of further violence in the region has been sparked after a leaked Ukrainian intelligence report claimed the number of Russian troops at the border could reach around 110,000 from the current 80,000, alongside 7,000 tanks and other vehicles.
Ukraine’s defence minister Andriy Taran also warned during a meeting of NATO leaders that Russia could be preparing to move nuclear weapons into Crimea, which would drag the region closer to an all-out war.
Dmytro Kuleba, the country’s foreign minister has called on the EU and NATO – of which the UK is a founding member – to act.
But, a poll of almost 5,000 Express.co.uk readers, has found the vast majority believe the UK should not intervene.
The online survey took place from 10pm on April 15 to 1pm on April 16 and asked 4,875 Express.co.uk readers, “should the UK intervene as Putin sends 100,000 troops to European border?”
The results found 73 percent (3,564) of readers were against the UK taking action against Russia and voted “no”.
Just 24 percent (1,192) of respondents believe the UK should take some form of action and voted “yes”.
Meanwhile, the remaining two percent (119) remained unsure and said they did not know.
A number of passionate Express.co.uk readers let their feelings known in the comments section of the poll story.
One reader wrote: “Nope. We should be mending relations with Russia not getting involved in more foreign wars.”
A second user said: “Please can we just not get involved in this as in the past it has cost this country much in lives and money.”
A third added: “The EU have in recent years cosied up to the Russians so the UK should stay well out of any conflict in the Ukraine.”
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Meanwhile, a fourth said: “If the UK has to get involved it should just be in a diplomatic way only.
“We have lost enough of our young in fights that do not involve us.”
Speaking earlier today, Mr Kuleba claimed Moscow is “openly” threatening Ukraine with “destruction” by stationing 80,000 troops along its border and preparing to send more.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel later today.
Mr Zelenski has called on the bloc and NATO to support Ukraine against Russian forces.
He said: “If the EU and Emmanuel Macron consider us as a true member of the European family, they must act accordingly.”
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The Ukrainian leader added: “The discussion must also take place on security issues.
“The security of Europe depends on that of Ukraine… We cannot indefinitely remain in the waiting room of the EU or of NATO.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has pledged the EU’s support to the Ukraine.
Speaking this morning ahead of the talks, she said: “Ukraine is a close neighbour, friend and key partner of the EU.
“We stand by Ukraine’s side and will continue to support its people in all possible ways.”
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