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Latest tensions between Ukraine and Russia: Putin raises fears of an invasion with the deployment of troops


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Russia has boosted its military deployment on the border with Ukraine in recent weeks, with Moscow’s military might now standing at 106,000 troops, according to Western and Ukrainian officials.

Fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may decide to invade eastern Ukraine have grown as Moscow tries to pressure the United States and the West to promise that Kiev will not join its defensive alliance of the NATO.

Russia has repeatedly dismissed Kiev’s claim that it is invading the country and denies any military build-up.

The United States and the United Kingdom on Thursday renewed their warnings to Mr Putin against any attempt to invade Ukraine.

Speaking in Taunton, Boris Johnson offered his support for the embattled ally, saying: “If Russia were to make any incursion into Ukraine on any scale, I think it would be a disaster not just for Russia , it would be a disaster for the world.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva today in a bid to reach a “diplomatic exit ramp” to ease tensions, according to State Department officials.

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Europeans are “united” in the face of the Ukrainian crisis, according to the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Putting weight behind Ukraine, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said Europeans had a united stance on the crisis situation in the country as Russia threatened an invasion.

“Let’s give dialogue a chance. This is what Spain aspires to. If the dialogue does not bear fruit, of course, Spain will stand alongside its European partners and its NATO allies united in deterrence,” he said on Friday in Madrid.

His statement comes as Spain has sent warships to join NATO naval forces in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, Defense Minister Margarita Robles said.

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Ukraine says Russia is secretly recruiting mercenaries and weapons in the eastern region

On Friday, Ukrainian military intelligence said Moscow was actively recruiting mercenaries and sending weapons to troubled and separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.

In a statement, the country’s military intelligence agency said Russia was sending mercenaries for intensive training in the region.

He added that weapons, including several tanks, artillery, mortars as well as fuel, had been secretly transported to the region from Russia.

Service members attend a ceremony honoring Ukraine’s fallen defenders in Kyiv

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US, Russia to hold urgent talks in Geneva

With Russia growing fearful of invading Ukraine, the US secretary of state and the Russian foreign minister are due to hold urgent talks in Geneva on Friday.

Antony Blinken arrived in Geneva for talks with Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov after a trip through Europe to build support from US allies for possible sanctions in the event of a full-scale invasion.

Mr Blinken held talks in Berlin with senior British, French and German diplomats and raised fears that Mr Putin could order an imminent invasion.

He suggested the eventual incursion “will take us all back to a much more dangerous and unstable time, when this continent, and this city, was split in two… with the threat of all-out war hanging over everyone’s head. “.

According to State Department officials, Mr. Blinken will offer Mr. Lavrov a “diplomatic exit ramp.”

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