Ukraine. EU presidency calls urgent meeting to discuss latest developments

Ukraine. EU presidency calls urgent meeting to discuss latest developments
Ukraine. EU presidency calls urgent meeting to discuss latest developments

At stake is a meeting of the Integrated Political Crisis Response Mechanism (IPCR), a structure that brings together Member States and EU institutions for a quick and coordinated decision-making process at the political level in the face of serious and complex.

In a statement released today to some European media, including the Lusa agency, the Czech Presidency of the EU Council indicates that it “has decided to convene a meeting within the scope of the IPCR for Monday morning, in which the permanent representatives of the Member States will participate in the HUH”.

“The presidency’s decision to convene such a meeting quickly and at the level of EU ambassadors demonstrates how seriously we are taking the current developments in Russia and Ukraine seriously and our commitment to coordinating an effective response.” Czech Republic on the note.

According to Prague, the idea is to adopt at the meeting “deliberations supported by the available experts and that take into account the perspectives and concerns of the Member States”, aiming to “assess the situation as it stands and take into account any recent developments”.

As it is a more flexible structure and with more resources, the IPCR is currently active regarding the war in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion, thus allowing EU countries and institutions to meet in an informal round table to monitor the situation.

It is also activated for issues related to migration, at a time when, for security reasons, there are fears of mass entry of Russians into the EU, fleeing to escape military mobilization.

The meeting will take place after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday the partial mobilization of 300,000 reservists and recalled the importance of his country’s nuclear arsenal as an argument against the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

At the moment, the EU is still preparing a new package of sanctions on Russia.

Several European countries interpreted these latest announcements as a sign of weakness on the part of Russia, following the counter-offensive launched by the Ukrainian army and which allowed the recovery of some occupied territories.

The partial mobilization ordered by Putin, to face the military setbacks in Ukraine, has already provoked a wave of protests in the main Russian cities, which resulted in thousands of arrests.

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused more than 13 million people to flee – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.4 million to European countries – according to the most recent UN data, which ranks this refugee crisis as the worst in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).

The Russian invasion – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the generality of the international community, which has responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing Russia from political and economic sanctions.

The UN presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war 5,916 dead civilians and 8,616 wounded, stressing that these numbers are far below the real ones.

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