We’ll soon see whether there will be talks or military action. It’s getting chilly yet it’s not The Cold War, but the attempt to reacquire the former soviet territorial influence continues in Ukraine, as Donetsk and Luhansk may become like Transnistria as more border states surrounding Ukraine.
Like Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Transnistria, is a pro-Russian breakaway state from Moldova in Eastern Europe. Its total area is 4,163 square kilometres and hosts a population of 350,000, according to Moldovan estimates. Transnistria is located along much of Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine. Moldova, a landlocked Eastern European state between Ukraine and Romania, is located south of Ukraine.
- Russia's President Vladimir Putin is to recognise two breakaway regions of Ukraine, the Kremlin says
- He told the French and German leasers of his plans in a phone call, saying he would sign a decree
- Such a move could allow him to openly move troops into Eastern Ukraine and end peace talks with Kyiv
- UK Defence Secretary says Russia's President Vladimir Putin is "committed" to invading Ukraine
- He tells MPs that Russia continues to build up troops and ready them for potential attack
- Joe Biden has agreed "in principle" to hold a formal meeting with Vladimir Putin to discuss the Ukraine crisis
- But Russia says talk of a summit is premature and there are "no concrete plans" for a meeting
- Several airlines including Air France and Lufthansa have suspended flights to Ukraine over invasion fears
Shooting down a plane from a country where Islam is the state religion did seem a bit odd yet intentional in terms of creating greater international conflict.