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Ukraine has uncovered an attempted coup involving Russian citizens, says President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The plot should have taken place next week, he told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

He did not accuse Russia of state involvement. Moscow has denied any role in it.

But Zelenskyy also said his country was “fully prepared” for a possible military escalation on its borders with Russia.

“We have to rely on ourselves, on our army, it is powerful,” Zelenskyy said on Friday amid growing tensions.

“There are intimidations that a war will take place tomorrow (…) we are fully prepared for any escalation,” he added.

In recent weeks, the United States, NATO and the European Union have expressed concern over Russian troop movements around Ukraine, with Moscow denying such plans.

Zelenskyy also said his country was facing “internal challenges” and said he had received information about an attempted coup on December 1.

According to president’s office, Kiev even received audio recordings of plans to involve representatives of Ukrainian companies in the seizure of power.

Since 2014, pro-Russian separatists have been at odds with Kiev’s forces after Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula. The war claimed more than 13,000 lives.

On Sunday, Ukrainian military intelligence chiefs claimed that Russia had massed nearly 92,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders and was preparing and preparing for an attack in January or February.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin accused Ukraine of escalating tensions by leading maneuvers near the Russian border.

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