In light of the confirmation that Russia will invade Ukraine within days, the Ukrainian army announced today, Sunday, the completion of the defense plan that lays out more than one Ukraine invasion scenario by Russia.
He added that anti-aircraft missile batteries have been deployed along the lines of contact with Russia.
Meanwhile, more than a dozen countries urged their citizens to leave Ukraine, amid warnings from Western powers of an imminent Russian invasion.
‘You will pay dearly’
In the context, the White House announced that US President Joe Biden warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that Moscow would pay a “high and immediate price” if it invaded Ukraine.
The two leaders held a telephone conversation that lasted for about an hour as part of diplomatic efforts to defuse tension between Moscow and Kiev.
crowd on the border
According to Alarabia Moscow has amassed 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, but has denied intending to invade the country.
While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday that the warnings of the invasion are causing panic, “which is in the interest of our enemies,” as he put it.
The White House warned that an invasion could happen at any time, and could start with air strikes. Russia described these statements as “provocative speculation.”
marches of loyalty
In Kiev, thousands of people marched through the city, chanting slogans of loyalty to Ukraine and resistance to any Russian invasion of the country. The rally was organized by the right-wing nationalist movement opposed to President Zelensky, and the far-right activist Sergei Sternenko, but it attracted a wider audience.
It is noteworthy that for months, Washington has accused Moscow of mobilizing more than 100,000 soldiers on the border, which heralds an imminent invasion of Ukrainian territory.
While the Russians deny these accusations, considering the American warnings as “hysteria,” and at the same time, they demand security guarantees that allay their fears, including the refusal of Ukraine to join NATO and a halt to the alliance’s expansion to the east, which the latter rejects.