Ukraine news flash
- Foreign Minister of Hungary Peter Szijjártó says Budapest does not see the real threat of a further Russian invasion of Ukraine. Despite the tensions, Hungary refuses to station additional NATO forces on its territory and is critical about imposing new sanctions against Moscow.
- NATO considers long-term deployment of combat groups in the Black Sea region, says Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
- British Parliament has approved the law on sanctions against Russia (companies and individuals in economic and strategically important sectors) if Russia moves further into Ukraine.
- Estonia allocates €351,700 to residents of frontline areas in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine triggered the so-called “risk-reduction” mechanism of the OSCE Vienna Document, triggering an inquiry in an attempt to make Russia explain its massive troop buildup near the border, after a similar maneuver by the Baltic nations directed at Belarus went nowhere.
More military aid from the US to Ukraine
The 14th and 15th flights carrying US security assistance, including Javelins, ammunition, defensive equipment arrived at Boryspil on February 10 and 11. According to the US Embassy to Ukraine, the US has delivered about 1,200 tons of materiel to Ukraine in January.
Biden warns Americans in Ukraine to leave
On 11 February, US president Joe Biden warned that “things could go crazy quickly” in Ukraine and again urged American citizens to leave immediately. “American citizens should leave, should leave now,” Biden said in an interview with NBC News. “We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. This is a very different situation and things could go crazy quickly.” The Russian offensive may begin the next week, according to US officials.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned in his conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba the “increasingly acute threat of possible further Russian aggression,” while White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that Russia may invade before the end of the Beijing Olympics:
On the same day, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Denmark also advised their citizens to leave Ukraine because of the Russian threat. In addition to such recommendations, Israel has also announced the evacuation of the families of its diplomats. South Korea has ordered its citizens to leave Ukraine, threatening liability in case of non-compliance. Also, the EU for the first time said it was urging all non-essential diplomatic staff and families to leave Ukraine.