Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been informed that the day of the Russian attack will be Wednesday 16 February.
CNN reports it in a breaking news.
Zelensky declared Wednesday, February 16, the potential date of the Russian attack according to the US alert, “day of unity”.
There has been a “dramatic acceleration” in the deployment of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this, calling on “all Americans still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately”.
Some Russian troops near the Ukrainian border have started moving into “attack positions”. CBS reports this, quoting an American official, according to whom Moscow has moved part of the long-range artillery into firing position.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden agreed that “an opportunity remains” to resolve the crisis in Ukraine “with diplomacy”. Downing Street made it known after the phone call between the two leaders.
“We do not believe that Vladimir Putin has already made a final decision” on the possible attack against Ukraine: Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, reiterating that military action is possible “at any time”. Kirby, however, did not want to enter into the merits of intelligence information that the scheduled day for the attack would be Wednesday.
Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin will be visiting Brussels, Poland and Lithuania from Tuesday: US Defense spokesman John Kirby announced this.
“There is a chance of finding an agreement with the West,” Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov told President Putin. While Defense Minister Shoigu announced that ‘part of the exercises’ of the armed forces in Moscow ‘is ending, another will be completed in the near future’. During the same meeting, the Russian president, quoted by TASS, said that the expansion of NATO eastwards ‘is infinite, very dangerous and takes place at the expense of the former Soviet republics, including Ukraine’.
But the Pentagon reveals: ‘Russia strengthened its military device on the border with Ukraine over the weekend’