Footage appears to show major new troop movements in Russian regions within striking distance of Ukraine — in stark defiance of Western warnings.
Russian state TV cranked up its rhetoric warning Moscow is "one step away from war" while demonising Ukraine as a Nazi state.
State TV also alleged that Ukraine is pouring military firepower into the conflict zone, but one video shows outdated Soviet light BMP-2 tanks from the 1980s deployed by Kyiv forces — no match for Vladimir Putin’s fearsome modern firepower.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy today demanded talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine but has received no answer yet, his spokeswoman Iuliia Mendel told Reuters on Monday.
Russia had massed more than 40,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border and more than 40,000 troops in Crimea, Mendel said.
Meanwhile, warships USS Donald Cook and USS Roosevelt are understood to be on their way to the Black Sea.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday the U.S. firmly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as the West sounds the alarm over what it says is a big and unexplained build-up of Russian forces close to Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea.
Ukraine crisis ‘one step away from war’ as Putin masses more troops on border and US warships head for Black Sea
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