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Russia will ‘invade Ukraine on Wednesday’ as US promises ‘resolute and strong response’

AMERICA has vowed to take a “resolute and massive” response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine following reports it could happen on Wednesday.

The warning from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken came during a phone call with his Russian counterpart amid fears of an impending invasion.

Fear is growing that a Russian invasion could happen as early as Wednesday

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Fear is growing that a Russian invasion could happen as early as Wednesday
Russian soldiers take part in war games near Ukraine border

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Russian soldiers take part in war games near Ukraine borderCredit: Getty
Kremlin forces fire missiles ahead of a possible invasion

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Kremlin forces fire missiles ahead of a possible invasionCredit: Getty

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US embassy staff have now been ordered to evacuate Ukraine as Britons are also urged to leave immediately amid growing concern The Russian attack will close the airspace.

New intelligence now shows that Russia will invade Ukraine this Wednesday, February 16, according to German newspaper Der Spiegel.

The information received by the Secret Service, the CIA and other intelligence agencies goes even further to outline the route that individual Russian units will take, along with the roles they will play. implementation, reporting.

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will discuss the crisis today but before that Blinken spoke with Sergei Lavrov.

However, the US secretary of state has warned of a “resolute, large and unified” transatlantic response to any Russian aggression.

But in response, Lavrov accused the US of trying to incite conflict in Ukraine, in a phone call with his US counterpart Antony Blinken.

Their talks came after US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington believes Mr Putin could strike any day.

It was previously believed that Russia would not strike before the end of the Winter Olympics on February 20, but the latest intelligence reports cast doubt on that.

The threat is imminent after weeks of heightened tension like that of Vladimir Putin The buildup of troops and tanks continues to threaten Ukraine.

Sullivan repeated President Biden’s call for “all US citizens still in Ukraine to leave immediately”.

“We want to be clear on this point. Any American in Ukraine should leave as soon as possible and in any case within the next 24 to 48 hours.

“The risk is now high enough and the threat is now immediate enough for this to be what prudence calls for.

“If you stay, you’re assuming the risk, there’s no guarantee that there will be any other chance to leave, and there’s no prospect of US troops having to evacuate in the event of a Russian invasion. .”

Mr. Sullivan said an attack would likely begin with aerial bombings and missile attacks, which would shut down air, rail and land transportation.

MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the House Defense Select Committee, who also said war was “inevitable”, echoed his fears.

Biden and Putin are expected to hold intense talks at 4pm UK time while top US General Mark Milley spoke to his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimo.

Russia has deployed troops to Ukraine’s border as NATO begins to strengthen its forces in the region.

The Pentagon says it will send 3,000 troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolinato Poland to join the 1,700 troops assembled there.

TROOPS FIRST TO UKRAINE

Last night, the British were warned to leave Ukraine immediately as the threat of war was imminent.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “The safety and security of British citizens is our top priority.

“We urge British nationals in Ukraine to leave now through commercial means while they are still available.”

Threats of a nuclear clash have now increased after it was revealed Russia moved Its fearsome “atom cannon” within striking distance of a large city.

A self-propelled artillery battery capable of firing nuclear warheads was captured on video in the Russian town of Vesela Lopan, Bolgorod – just 10 miles from the Ukrainian border.

And civilians in Ukraine are taking part in open military training following reports that some 200,000 fully equipped Russian troops were already on the country’s border.

The country is besieged Yes exercise increase amid fears an invasion could come “at any time”.

FEELING INVOLVED

Satellite photos show that six large Russian landing craft, prepared to lead an amphibious assault, moved into the Black Sea yesterday.

Earlier this week, Boris Johnson says continent stands at ‘most dangerous point’ since World War II after flying to Poland to meet the leaders.

In a somber assessment, Mr Johnson said: “We’re on the brink and things are as dangerous as I’ve seen in Europe for a very long time.

“The lesson of the last 100 years is that when Poland is threatened with destabilization, or aggression on the Polish border, we are all threatened and we are all affected.”

The prime minister emphasized the cold warning during a call with allies last night, including the US, Italy, France and Germany.

And the European Council, the European Commission and NATO leaders have also listened after changing advice for Britons living in Ukraine.

In PolandMr. Johnson, side by side with the Nato leaders and the Polish Prime Minister, urged Putin to avoid “meaningless, tragic” conflict.

This comes as Vladimir Putin was warned that Nuclear war may break out if Ukraine joins NATO and accuses the West of “totally disregarding our concerns” when peace talks fail.

A thousand British troops are now ready for an invasion over 350 Royal Marines en route to Poland to participate in joint exercises in the Arctic.

The UK has also offered to send warships and RAF jets, along with 900 troops, to Estonia as part of its NATO containment mission.

However, Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey said the British military, which is helping to train Ukrainian forces in the use of anti-tank missiles, would leave the country at the end of this week.

“All of them will be withdrawn. There will be no British troops in Ukraine if there is a conflict there,” he told the BBC.

Russia has been warned that it faces financial consequences if it invades Ukraine.

Secretary of State James Cleverly confirmed law to cripple sanctions registration is ready.

Russian and Belarusian armed forces take part in the Allied Determination-2022 military exercise in Belarus

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Russian and Belarusian armed forces take part in the Allied Determination-2022 military exercise in BelarusCredit: Getty
Ukrainian tanks prepare to resist any Russian invasion

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Ukrainian tanks prepare to resist any Russian invasionCredit: AFP
On duty during the joint exercises of the Russian and Belarusian armed forces within the framework of the inspection of the Union State Response Force, at a shooting range in the Brest region of Belarus

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On duty during the joint exercises of the Russian and Belarusian armed forces within the framework of the inspection of the Union State Response Force, at a shooting range in the Brest region of BelarusCredit: AFP
Boris told allies on a call tonight that he is'fearing for the safety of Europe'

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Boris told allies on a call tonight that he is ‘fearing for the safety of Europe’Source: Kommersant Photo / Polaris

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