Nobel Peace laureate: War between Russia, Ukraine possible


Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov said that war between Ukraine and Russia is now possible because “the powerful actively promote the idea of war.”

While receiving his Nobel Peace Prize award at Oslo City Hall, Muratov, a journalist, implied that the Russian leaders are responsible for the crisis at the Ukraine border, according to Reuters.

“Moreover, in (the) heads of some crazy geopoliticians, a war between Russia and Ukraine is not something impossible any longer,” he said. 

Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, shared the 2021 award jointly with Maria Ressa of the Philippines, co-founder of news site Rappler, in recognition of their ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. 
He also spoke about Russian journalists being branded “enemies of the people” and said the country was going “through a dark valley.” 

He dedicated his prize to all investigative journalists, and his colleagues at Novaya Gazeta who were killed because of their work, Reuters added.

The G7 countries warned on Sunday that Russia will face “massive consequences” if it attacks Ukraine, according to a statement obtained by Reuters.

“We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the right of any sovereign state to determine its own future,” the statement said.

The previous say, Russia’s Embassy in London condemned Britain’s use of the phrase “Russian aggression” during a G7 meeting held this weekend.

U.S. intelligence has showed that Russia is prepared to push into Ukraine from multiple locations with a buildup of troops and artillery along the border, but officials say it’s uncertain whether Putin actually intends to invade. 

Although Russia’s military has gathered some 90,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, Moscow maintains that it will not invade Ukraine unless “provoked” — and has drawn a red line around Ukraine joining NATO.  


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