By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/MOSCOW (Worthy News) – Witnesses say tanks and other military hardware are moving through Ukraine’s separatist-controlled city of Donetsk after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two breakaway regions and laid claim to all of Ukraine.
The tanks entered the country’s east overnight after Putin said Monday Ukraine was a country “created by Russia” and hinted that as many as 190,000 troops now near the borders could move towards Kyiv.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, made a defiant late-night address to his nation after the first reports of Russian troops were crossing into the country.
“We are on our land. We don’t fear anything or anyone. We don’t owe anything to anyone. And we won’t give anything up,” Zelenskiy said.
In New York, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Putin was “testing our international system, he is testing our resolve and seeing how far he can push us all.”
She called his attempt to recreate the Russian empire an old-fashioned throwback. “Putin wants the world to travel back in time. To a time before the United Nations. To a time when empires ruled the world,” she told the U.N., “But the rest of the world has moved forward. It is not 1919. It is 2022.”
At the same emergency meeting of the U.N., Ukraine’s permanent representative, Sergiy Kyslytsya, compared Putin’s decrees recognizing separatist regions in Ukraine to one for Georgia in 2008, saying: “The copying machine in the Kremlin works very well. Who is the next among the members of the U.N.?”
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