Ukraine Update: 16 February, 2022 (AM)

Although Russia claims to have started withdrawing forces from the Ukrainian border in the past 24 hours, no proof of this has yet been presented. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. NATO’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said this morning “We have not seen any withdrawal of Russian forces. And of course, that contradicts the message of diplomatic efforts. What we see is that they have increased the number of troops and more troops are on their way. So, so far, no de-escalation.” Russia’s Ministry of Defense has published video of tanks, self-propelled artillery and other armored vehicles leaving Crimea. However, it was not made clear if the equipment was permanently departing the peninsula or simply being repositioned elsewhere. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken supported the NATO claim, saying the United States has yet to see concrete evidence of a Russian withdrawal in progress.

In Kiev and around the rest of the country, Ukrainians are celebrating Unity Day. The holiday was created by Ukraine’s leader Volodymir Zelenskiy to mark the day US intelligence believes a Russian invasion will begin. Ukrainian flags are flying from nearly all government buildings today, the national anthem was performed in cities and towns at 10 AM and the day is being marked by a number of speeches and rallies. Even though the true intent of the holiday remains unclear to many citizens, Ukrainians appear enthusiastic to take part. The threat of war did not appear to deter them from partaking in holiday events.

Ukraine will enjoy at least one more day of peace it seems.

2 thoughts on “Ukraine Update: 16 February, 2022 (AM)

  1. Physical peace, perhaps, but not cyber-peace. NBC’s cyber-security correspondent reported that Ukraine is suffering from the largest cyberattack on its critical infrastructure networks to date, but can’t quite reliably pin it on Russia.

    Tomorrow’s quotes today: Putin – “See, we didn’t invade yesterday as the paranoid Americans claimed. We’re invading now.”

    • Yeah, the cyberattacks came as a rude surprise but I doubt anyone believes Russia wasn’t responsible. Curious to see if they follow it up.

      Yeah, exactly. That quote sums up the situation perfect LOL

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