Islamabad, 16 March 2022 (TDI): Pakistan sent humanitarian aid to the war-affected people of Ukraine. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi handed the humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian Ambassador to Pakistan, Volodymyr Lakomov in an official ceremony at Noor Khan Airbase, Islamabad.
Chairman of Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Akhtar Nawaz Satti was also present at the Noor Khan Airbase. Pakistan sent humanitarian aid at the request of Ukrainian officials for humanitarian support.
Two C-130 Airplanes of Pakistan Airforce let the aid for Ukraine refugees from the Noor Khan Airbase, Islamabad. The weight of Pakistan aid is 15 tons, and it is comprised of Emergency medicines, Electro-medical equipment, winter bedding, and food items.
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Russia Ukraine Crisis: An Overview
Amidst arising uncertainty, Russia and Ukraine gained the entire world’s attention world on 24th February. Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine at the behest of its Security Council that convened a day before.
Prior to this, a day before, Russia also recognized the Republics of the Luhansk and Donetsk, much to the West’s chagrin. The Donetsk and Luhansk are a part of the Donbas region that is pro-Russia territory.
Recently, Western countries had been alleging Russia about troops’ deployment on the border of Ukraine. However, Russia had been denying the allegations by claiming that it has no intention to invade Ukraine.
One of the main issues of contention between Russia and the EU/US is NATO’s beefed-up defences in northeastern Europe and Ukraine’s intent to join NATO. Moreover, Russian and Western counterparts held a series of negotiations to avert escalation. Though, that indelibly failed.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s stance regarding Ukraine is a matter of principle. In this context, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that if attempts to come to terms on mutually acceptable principles fail, Russia will adopt an appropriate response.
Contrarily, the Ukrainian authorities had been alerting the world about a possible invasion. Throughout 2021 and 2022, Russia and the West engaged in a diplomatic tussle related to Ukraine.
Likewise, the West kept accusing Russia of a military buildup on the border of Ukraine. Whilst Russia kept objecting to NATO’s expansionist agenda that is considered a threat to its strategic security.
Consequently, tensions escalated between the two countries and led to strained bilateral relations. Moreover, despite the United States and EU sending strong messages to warn Russia, the threat of economic isolation couldn’t deter Russia to compromise on what it considers its national interest.