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Ukraine Crisis Updates: What to Know as Tensions Rise

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Kyiv saw the U.S. response before it was delivered on Wednesday to Russia, and had no objections.
Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise
Pigeons take off in front of the Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he and other top officials will advise President Vladimir Putin on the next steps after receiving written replies from the United States to the demands. Those answers are expected this week — even though the U.S. and its allies have already made clear they will reject the top Russian demands. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Associated Press

The United States and NATO have made no concessions to the main Russian demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, including giving Moscow a guarantee that its western neighbor can never join the alliance.

The focus is now on how Russia will respond — a decision that rests squarely with President Vladimir Putin and one that could determine whether Europe will again be plunged into war.

Here are things to know on Thursday about the international tensions surrounding Ukraine.

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HOW HAS RUSSIA RESPONDED?

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the response from the U.S. — and a similar one from NATO — leaves “little ground for optimism.”

But he added that “there always are prospects for continuing a dialogue, it’s in the interests of both us and the Americans.”

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