Zim nationals in Ukraine can seek assistance from embassy in Berlin: Govt

By Oleen Ndori
THE government says it has taken note of the current situation in Ukraine and is urging Zimbabwean nationals who need assistance to make contact with the Zimbabwean embassy in Berlin; Germany.
The Ministry of Information, publicity and broadcasting services announced the development on its twitter page, saying government is making efforts to evacuate Zimbabwean citizens who might be caught up in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
This comes amid reports that Russia has announced a military operation in Ukraine although Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country is not planning to occupy Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of defence added that the strikes do not pose a threat to the civilian population in Ukraine with reports suggesting that they are targeted at military installations
Chair of Slavic Studies Department of Brown University; Vladimir Golstein says the Ukraine crisis is a wedge that the U.S. has put in the central Europe to disrupt global trade and retain its power.
“Ukraine is in the center of Europe, if you think about global trade, process of integration, Ukraine is right there in the center. Think about the Chinese initiative of ‘One Belt, One Road’. These are the places where we have to trade with each other. And the United States definitely feels threatened by that, so they’re more than happy to put a wedge in the form of Ukraine right in between. The wedge between the trading of Germany, of Russia, of China and the whole Eurasian continent. The United States feels threatened,” said Vladimir Golstein, chair of Slavic Studies Department of Brown University.
Geopolitical analyst, Eugene Chausovsky says the sanctions from the Western countries will not threaten Russia in a real sense.
“So far, the sanctions have been more or less in line with previous sanctions in terms of severity, things that Russia is very used to and has learned to live with, so I don’t think these kind of sanctions will deter Russia. Russia has said that it would impose some asymmetrical responses,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has imposed a 30-day state of emergency in the country beginning this Thursday.
The state of emergency restricts movement and will see vehicles, premises and personal belongings being inspected.
Since November last year, Kiev and some Western countries have accused Russia of assembling troops near the Ukrainian border, including in Belarus, with a possible intention of “invasion.”
Denying any intention to attack any country, Russia said it has the right to mobilise troops within its borders to defend its territory, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)’s increasing military activities near Russia’s borders constitute a threat to Russian border security.