Russia Ukraine War Crisis News Today, 23 Feb: Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country was always open to diplomacy.
The Ukraine Parliament on Wednesday voted to approve in the first reading a draft law which gives permission to Ukrainians to carry firearms and act in self-defence, news agency Reuters reported. “The adoption of this law is fully in the interests of the state and society,” the authors of the law said in a note and added that the law was needed due to “existing threats and dangers for the citizens of Ukraine”.
Satellite images showed a new deployment of more than 100 military vehicles and dozens of troop tents in southern Belarus near the Ukraine border. The images released by Maxar Technologies also showed a new field hospital has been added to a military garrison in western Russia close to the border with Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country was always open to diplomacy. However, it puts its own national security interests first and would continue strengthening its military in the wake of “a difficult international situation”, Putin added. “Our country is always open to a direct and honest dialogue and ready to search for diplomatic solutions to the most complicated issues,” Reuters quoted Putin as saying.”But I want to repeat that Russia’s interests and the security of our people are unconditional. So, we will continue to strengthen and modernise our army and navy.”