Russia intends to invade and surround the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) – Boris Johnson has said there is intelligence data suggesting that Russia intends to launch an invasion of Ukraine and surround its capital Kiev.
“People need to understand the cost in human lives this could entail,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said after the Munich security conference.
Notably, the West fears a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine as the latter continues to build up troops near the Ukrainian border.
However, Russia has time and again denied any plans to invade Ukraine, but wants sweeping security guarantees.
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Western intelligence agencies say around 1.6 lakh Russian troops are ready to attack Ukraine and march towards the border.
Meanwhile, the United States has warned that the Russian invasion of Ukraine can happen at any time now.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Russia said a shell fired by the Ukrainian military had destroyed a Russian border facility.
Moreover, Moscow said it was too early for a summit between the Russian and US presidents.
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“It is premature to talk about specific plans for organizing any kind of summits,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
“It is understood that the dialogue must continue at the level of foreign ministers,” Peskov said.
Peskov said fresh fighting between the separatists and the Ukrainian army had made the situation on the ground “extremely tense”.
“We are talking about provocative and aggressive actions by the Ukrainian military that endanger people’s lives,” Peskov said.
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Meanwhile, Ukraine has urged the European Union (EU) to impose sanctions on Russia “now” to prevent a war.
“The European Union must start imposing sanctions on Russia now to show that it really wants to prevent a war in Ukraine,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.
A US official said Russian frontline commanders had been ordered to begin final preparations for an attack.
The United States has told the United Nations that it has “credible information indicating that Russian forces are compiling lists of identified Ukrainians to be killed or sent to camps as a result of a military occupation”.