FirstFT: Scholz to warn Putin of western resolve on Ukraine


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Olaf Scholz, German chancellor, is making ready to launch an try to discourage Vladimir Putin from additional invading Ukraine, as US officers warned Russia was on the point of launching an assault on its western neighbour.

Scholz will journey to Kyiv immediately earlier than arriving in Moscow tomorrow, the place the German chief is anticipated to induce Putin to de-escalate the state of affairs.

His tour comes as western nations withdrew diplomatic and navy personnel from Ukraine and airways cancelled flights to the nation, whereas some European international locations ready to obtain a flood of refugees.

Ukraine is anticipating Kremlin-backed hackers to improve cyber exercise, together with espionage and disinformation, within the occasion of a navy incursion.

Scholz’s aides mentioned that the chancellor had not given up hope that diplomacy may avert a struggle, though they performed down expectations of a breakthrough.

“I don’t assume that we’ll come out of this with some sort of concrete end result,” mentioned the official, including that “now just isn’t the time for resignation”. However the Russian chief’s hardline technique might have already introduced him dividends.

  • Explainer: Within the 30 years since Kyiv declared independence from the Soviet Union, how have relations soured between Ukraine and Russia?

  • Brussels regulators have halted an antitrust probe into QatarEnergy over considerations that gasoline provides to Europe may very well be disrupted by a Russian invasion.

  • Opinion: The Iraq struggle is casting a shadow over the credibility of US warnings over Ukraine, writes Gideon Rachman.

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Map showing build-up of Russian forces near the borders of Ukraine

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