Ukraine: Russia calls EU’s arms support a ‘hot war’ and warns EU citizens to not support the Ukrainian army

EU citizens and entities involved in the delivery of lethal weapons, fuel and lubricants to Ukraine will bear responsibility for any consequences of such actions to manifest themselves during the ongoing special military operation. They cannot fail to understand how dangerous these consequences are” (Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 28.02.2022).

The Russian-Belorussian invasion of Ukraine is on it’s fifth day. While there been talks, but they clearly only opened for further talks at a later date. Meaning there is nothing substantial yet, but the warfare is ongoing and the Belorussian counterparts didn’t hold their promises. As they sent missiles and troops from Belarus onto Ukraine. Meaning they broke the promise, which the President Lukachenko was broken even before words was uttered at the meeting. Therefore, the distrust of Kyiv was justified and Minsk should understand that.

Alas, we are seeing an expected Russian hard-line towards the European nations and European Union, which has decided to support Ukraine. They are now not only sending “prayers and thoughts” but supporting with weapons, artillery-weaponry and even fighter-planes, which it is now supporting the substantial parts of Ukraine’s defence without sending direct troops on the ground. Meaning, the EU and European allies are now giving vital support of the war effort in Ukraine and being a partner of Kyiv.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this as well:

Once again, as many times in history, weapons coming from German soil will be directed against Russian soldiers. Against this background Scholz’s assurances about the importance of the process of historical reconciliation between the peoples of Germany and Russia sounded particularly cynical, with this decision, Germany calls on the ghosts of not a cold, but the very hot war. Too many sad associations are evoked by the prospect of further ‘military’ pumping of Kyiv by Berlin, which, apparently, does not realize that in the current situation, the weapons supplied on Ukrainian territory can easily become the prey of neo-nazis, terrorists and looters on Ukrainian territory” (Russian Foreign Minister Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, 28.02.2022).

We are now seeing the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs are not only directing their anger towards the crowdfunding exercise of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. It is also directed at the military equipment, weapons and direct support of Ukraine from Europe/EU. This was anticipated, as the other party would react to the willingness to do so. If it didn’t cause a stir or reaction, it wouldn’t be effective. Ukraine needs this support and weaponry to be able to stagnate the Russian advances and ability to continue to defend itself. This is why the Russian wants neither citizens or states to support Ukraine. Since, they hope to overpower and conquer Ukraine quicker, because the Russians see this as a life-line to Kyiv.

We should expect that Moscow wouldn’t take it kindly to the military support of Kyiv. However, Moscow should also understand that they are using all their allies and possible connections to boost their war-effort. So, it is only reasonable for Kyiv to do the same, but in a war… everything gets amplified and any party will easily get violated. It should be expected that Moscow would react, but in the case of the Ukraine war. Europe is now unified and Russia feels butt-hurt. As Russia is becoming more distant and more alone.

The Russians has already sent warnings to the neighbours and former USSR republics. They are now sending it to the European Union (EU), Germany and the EU citizens, which is anticipated. As they are supporting the war-effort of their enemy in Ukraine. However, Europe support Ukraine here.

So, Moscow is lonely here and it is not like the EU citizens or European countries will feel the ramifications yet. However, there might be more hostile future diplomatically and lack of mutual meeting grounds between them. As the sanctions and weapons transfers are hitting Moscow hard. Peace.

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The military coup of 25 October 2021 constituted a significant setback in realizing the goals to be achieved during the transitional period in Sudan.

KHARTOUM, Sudan, February 28, 2022 – In 2019, the victory of the Sudanese revolution and its slogans of freedom, peace and justice provided a unique and inspiring example for the world over. It was the unprecedented courage of the Sudanese youth, women and men in their continuous struggle to liberate from dictatorship, which opened the door to a new future in Sudan, in which the problems of the past would be addressed, and the Sudanese state would be rebuilt on the foundations of civility and democracy that its people aspire to. The United Nations was committed from the first moment to go hand in hand with the people of Sudan on this journey, and to provide all possible support and assistance in the journey of democratization, reform and reconstruction that the Sudanese people aspire to in the transitional period that followed the victory of the revolution.

Accordingly, on 3 June 2020, and in response to the direct request of the civilian-led transitional Government of Sudan, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020), established the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), a special political mission to provide support to Sudan during its political transition to democratic rule.

The military coup of 25 October 2021 constituted a significant setback in realizing the goals to be achieved during the transitional period in Sudan.  However, we remain hopeful that the Sudanese people will be able to restore the path of transition towards civil and democratic transformation, benefiting from the experiences of the past and focusing on the promises of the future.

On 8 January 2022, following the resignation of Prime Minister Hamdok after various unsuccessful domestic initiatives to restore the constitutional order, UNITAMS launched a political process that started with initial consultations with a wide range of Sudanese stakeholders to address the current political impasse and develop a path towards democracy and peace. The report that we present today represents a summary of the opinions and areas of convergence and divergence heard by the mission during 110 consultation meetings with over 800 participants – one third of them women – from various parts of Sudan, as well as those contained in over 80 written submissions. This report will help in formulating and designing the next stage of the process in order to break the current political impasse. Such an outcome can only be Sudanese-made and Sudanese-owned in order to succeed.

Although this report may disappoint those who expected a solution from the UN, the objective of this process remains to support a Sudanese solution towards emerging from the current political crisis towards realizing the goals of their revolution. However, a prominent outcome of the report is that despite variances in opinions, there were several areas of consensus. Most consultees identified similar points of concern emerging from the recent past. We identified areas of consensus and divergences between the different interlocutors we have consulted. These reflect the views of Sudanese participants. The UN has no position on these views and opinions, but they will assist through the next stages of the political process.

The United Nations remains committed to supporting a civilian-led democratic government as the ultimate objective of the transitional period in Sudan, as per its mandate. We are likewise guided by the principles of the Organization, including respect for human rights and the centrality of women and youth participation in a political process.

In “Our Common Agenda” Report of September 2021, Secretary-General António Guterres affirmed the unequivocal commitment of the United Nations “to promote respect for democracy and human rights, and to enhance democratic governance and the rule of law by strengthening transparent and accountable governance and independent judicial institutions.” This puts the aspirations that the Sudanese people wish to achieve at the heart of the future global agenda. I assure the Sudanese that they will not walk alone. We will be working side-by-side with our international and regional partners – particularly the African Union and IGAD – in the coming phase, to push the political process forward with the participation of all Sudanese actors in order to restore the path of civil and democratic transformation in Sudan. Satisfying the aspirations of Sudan’s people and realizing the slogans of their 2019 revolution are our ultimate objectives.

To view the summary paper of the consultations on a political process for Sudan, please visit the link

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