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Ukraine military reports 2 soldiers dead in shelling Saturday

Military officials in Ukraine reported two deaths and four injuries in the shelling that occurred Saturday. 

“As a result of the shelling, two Ukrainian soldiers received explosive injuries inconsistent with life,” the military command for separatist conflict said. “Four soldiers were injured in varying degrees of severity and are in medical facilities. The United Forces team expresses its sincere and deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims.”

Fox News was not able to independently confirm the deaths. 

Russian diplomat says US, UK assessments can’t be trusted because of past intelligence mistakes

Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN on Sunday said that the U.S. and U.K.’s assessment of an imminent Russian invasion can’t be trusted because the countries’ intelligence agencies have had too many mistakes in the past.

“We don’t trust the U.S. and British intelligence, they let us down, the whole world, on many occasions enough to remember weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” Dmitry Polyanskiy told Britain’s Sky News.

He also questioned where the Western nations were getting their assessments of the more than 150,000 Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, which he denied, claiming the country is just carrying out routine military drills.

“I don’t think our drills on our territory should worry anyone,” he told Sky, accusing the West of “scaremongering and warmongering.” 

He also claimed that an uptick of violence in eastern Ukrainian territory held by Russian-backed separatists is due to the Ukrainian government’s shelling of a “peaceful” population. The West has warned Russia might use “false flag” attacks in the region as a pretense for an invasion.

Polyanskiy said Putin actually wants to meet with Western leaders around the negotiating table to “see what we can do for security and guarantees for Russia’s absolutely legitimate concerns”.

Boris Johnson says Putin may be planning ‘biggest war in Europe’ since WWII

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned this weekend that Russia may be preparing for the “biggest war in Europe since 1945” based on the evidence.

“You’re looking at not just an invasion through the east, through the Donbas, but according to the intelligence that we’re seeing, coming down from the north, down from Belarus and actually encircling Kyiv itself,” Johnson told BBC News at the Munich Security Conference in an interview that aired Sunday morning. “I think people need to understand the sheer cost in human life that could entail.”

Johnson threatened sanctions that he said would hit Russia “very, very hard,” including stopping the country from “trading in pounds and dollars” with the cooperation of the United States.

He also agreed with President Biden’s assessment that an invasion could be imminent.

“I’m afraid that that is what the evidence points to, there’s no burnishing it,” he told the BBC. “The fact is that all the signs are that the plan has already in some senses begun.” 

Biden to meet with National Security Council Sunday

President Biden will meet with the National Security Council on Sunday to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

On Friday, the president said he was “convinced” by U.S. intelligence that Vladimir Putin had made the decision to invade.

“President Biden continues to monitor the evolving situation in Ukraine, and is being updated regularly about events on the ground by his national security team,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Saturday. “They reaffirmed that Russia could launch an attack against Ukraine at any time.”

Zelenskyy calls for Putin meeting, promises diplomacy for ‘sake of a peaceful settlement’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with him to discuss a diplomatic solution to mounting tensions in the region amid increasing violence in areas of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.

“I don’t know what the president of the Russian Federation wants, so I am proposing a meeting,” Zelenskyy said at the Munich Security Conference. “Ukraine will continue to follow only the diplomatic path for the sake of a peaceful settlement.”

The Kremlin did not appear to have responded yet.

Sporadic violence has broken out for years along the line separating Ukrainian forces from the Russia-backed rebels, but the recent shelling and bombing spike could set off a full-scale war and U.S. officials have warned Russia might use it as a pretext to invade.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zelenskyy accuses West of inaction on Russia as tensions mount in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Saturday urged Western leaders to specify what consequences they would impose on Russia if the country invades.

“Action is needed,” he said at the Munich Security Conference, noting that it will be too late after a war starts, according to the Washington Post.

“This is not about war in Ukraine, this is about war in Europe,” he said.

Zelenskyy also accused Western leaders of “appeasement,” while arguing they haven’t been forceful enough with President Vladimir Putin.

Vice President Kamala Harris at the conference Saturday morning promised Russia “economic measures that will be swift and severe” if it invaded Ukraine but she didn’t get into specifics. 

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