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Biden will address the nation today on tensions between Russia and Ukraine

US President Joe Biden will provide an update on efforts to deter further invasion of Ukraine on Friday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, the White House announced.

According to an updated version of his daily schedule released by the White House Press Office, the president is expected to speak on “continuing deterrence and diplomacy efforts and bolstering Russian military troops on the border.” Ukrainian”.

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Mr Biden is expected to address the actions of the United States and NATO and the continued efforts to dissuade Russian President Vladimir Putin from ordering an invasion of Ukraine after the leaders of two self-proclaimed “people’s republics” aligned with the Russia in Donetsk and Luhansk announced the evacuation of Russians. -civilians speaking in breakaway regions of Russia.

There are currently no signs that Kiev is planning or executing an attack on the breakaway regions, and the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has rejected any claims to the contrary.

But US officials believe Russia is planning to use alleged firefights that Moscow says have taken place between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in recent days to justify an invasion.

Mr Biden on Thursday said reports of bombings in Donetsk were part of a “false flag” Russian operation, while Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the UN Security Council that Russia planned to “fabricate a pretext for his attack”.

Mr Blinken also said Russia could describe the false flag attack – or evacuations announced by Moscow-backed separatists – as ‘ethnic cleansing’ or ‘genocide’ as a prelude to invading Russia. “to defend Russian citizens or ethnic Russians in Ukraine”. .

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