Biden Warns Russia could Invade Ukraine In Days.

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Early morning exchanges of fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine triggered an alarm. Western officials who have long warned Moscow could endeavor to fabricate a pretext for an invasion now, fearing that scheme is manifesting.

In Summary

• US President Joe Biden says all indications point to Russia plotting an invasion of Ukraine.

• Secretary of State Antony Blinken rescheduled his travel plans to speak to the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine.

• Moscow expels the US embassy’s official and warns of vague “military-technical measures.”

• NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is troubled that Russia is working to fabricate a pretext for an assault on Ukraine, according to Britain’s foreign secretary.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Biden raises the prospect of Russia invading Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden warned that there is every indication that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine, notably signs that Moscow is staging a false flag operation to justify it, following an exchange of fire between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Moscow separatists.

For its turn, Moscow expelled the second-in-command from the US embassy on Thursday and sent a strongly worded letter accusing Washington of neglecting its security needs. It made a vague threat of “military-technical measures.”

Early morning exchanges of fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine believed alarm, with Western officials who have long warned Moscow could try to fabricate a pretext for an invasion now believing that incident is manifesting.

“We have reason to suspect they are executing a false flag operation to excuse incursion. Every sign we have indicates they are willing to invade and assault Ukraine,” Biden warned at the White House. “I have a sense it will happen within the next several days.”

Biden instructed Secretary of State Antony Blinken to abruptly reschedule his travel plans to speak at a Ukraine United Nations Security Council meeting.

Blinken illustrated in graphic detail how Washington contends any Russian attack would begin and unfold during his address to the council.

“Missiles and bombs will fall across Ukraine, communications will be jammed, and cyberattacks will bring Ukrainian institutions to a grinding halt,” Blinken told the UNSC.

“After that, Russian tanks and infantry will march on important targets that have been designated and outlined in advance.”

The US has declined to provide evidence that corroborates its assertions.

Russia denies any intention of invading its neighbor and announced this week that it was withdrawing some of the more than 100,000 soldiers massed near the border. According to Washington, Russia is not removing forces but increasing them.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Contentious accounts of shelling

Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists provided contradictory descriptions of shelling across the front line in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas area.

The facts could not be independently verified, but reports from both sides indicated a more significant occurrence than the ceasefire violations reported often in the area.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that pro-Russian forces shelled a daycare center in what he described as a “massive provocation.”

Ukrainian police published video footage of a hole through a brick wall in a room strewn with rubbish and children’s toys.

Separatists, on their part, accused government forces of firing four times on their territory in the last 24 hours.

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, said Moscow was “extremely disturbed” by reports of an escalation. Russia has long accused Kyiv of plotting an escalation to justify using force to seize insurgent areas, which Ukraine denies.

“Whatever one believes about the potential of such a confrontation, the reality is that the current situation is highly dangerous,” UN Political Affairs Chief Rosemary DiCarlo warned.

A broad overview of the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation between Russia and Ukraine, scheduled for February 17, 2022, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States of America. Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss of the United Kingdom described instability on the front line as “a transparent attempt by the Russian government to concoct pretexts for invasion.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed worry that Russia was “attempting to fabricate a pretext for an armed assault against Ukraine.”

“They have enough forces and capabilities to launch an all-out invasion of Ukraine with little or no warning,” he claimed.

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A military truck pictured at Ukrainian armed forces positions near the village of Novotoshkivske in the Luhansk area, which officials claim was destroyed by shelling [COURTESY],_ [COURTESY]

Escalatory step & possible response

Meanwhile, the US State Department stated that Russia had not explained its decision to expel Deputy Chief of Mission Bart Gorman from the US embassy in Moscow.

“Russia’s action on our DCM was unprovoked, and we regard this as an escalation,” a spokeswoman added.

According to Al Jazeera’s Rosalind Jordan in Washington, DC, Gorman was a “long-serving career diplomat, the number two person with extensive experience” in dealing with security issues.

“The US’s pretext for expelling Mr. Gorman had nothing to do with his duration of service. According to them, he still had time remaining on his visa to continue serving,” Jordan noted.

“They also stated that the Russian government has scaled down the number of people permitted to work at the US mission in Moscow to a level far lower than that of the Russian embassy in Washington. According to the State Department, this is extremely worrisome at a time when increased diplomatic contact between the two governments is needed.”

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