Latest from Ukraine: US says Russia could invade next month as UK warns of cyber war

Russia holds naval exercises in the Black Sea as tensions with Ukraine rise

US President Joe Biden has warned there is a “strong possibility” that Russia will invade Ukraine next month, according to the White House.

Russia, meanwhile, says it sees “little reason for optimism” in the resolution of the crisis after the United States rejected key demands from the Kremlin.

Russia says it doesn’t want war but has put ‘weapon on the table’ in its negotiations with the United States by massing troops on Ukraine’s borders, the ambassador said on Friday American in Moscow, John Sullivan.

In an online briefing from Moscow, Sullivan described the buildup of tens of thousands of Russian troops as “extraordinary” and said it could not be explained as an ordinary military exercise or drills.

It comes as UK organizations have been warned to bolster their digital defenses due to ‘malicious’ cyber incidents in Ukraine.

The National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) has updated its guidance to UK companies and groups and said it was investigating recent reports of “malicious cyber incidents in Ukraine”.

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Tory MP calls Boris Johnson a ‘lame duck’ PM as party gate distracts from Russian-Ukrainian tensions

Veteran Tory MP Sir Roger Gale has accused Boris Johnson of being a ‘lame duck’ Prime Minister as Downing Street is investigated by police over allegations of parties breaking the lockdown at No 10.

Sir Roger told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One that the cost of living crisis and Russian aggression against Ukraine require “full and undivided attention” from the British Prime Minister.

“At the moment what we have, not entirely of his own making now, is a lame prime minister who carries on while all this indecision surrounds him and frankly, if I were Vladimir Putin I would laugh until the end the Lubyanka.

“I don’t think his position is tenable, in most cases a Prime Minister who cheated the House from the dispatch box would have resigned.

“He could persevere, but I don’t think it’s in the UK’s interest, and that’s what really matters.”

Emily AtkinsonJanuary 28, 2022 2:23 p.m.

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West ‘ignored’ Russia’s security concerns, Putin says

US and NATO responses failed to take into account Moscow’s security concerns, Vladimir Putin told his French counterpart in a phone call this morning.

Emily AtkinsonJanuary 28, 2022 2:16 p.m.

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Premium: Germany has taken a cautious stance on Russia – and will be on the right side of history

It is not the first time that I have found myself encouraging Germany – a little discreetly perhaps, without giving too much publicity, but encouraging nevertheless, writes the Foreign Affairs columnist Marie Dejevski.

This is because Germany – not quite alone, but almost – has pulled out of what seems to me to be a dangerous hysteria, led by the US and the UK ohabout an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Emily AtkinsonJanuary 28, 2022 1:59 p.m.

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Ukraine-Russia crisis: Your questions about what is happening answered live by Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta, The Independent‘s World Affairs Editor, covered the latest conflict in Ukraine and is now reporting on it.

Now he answers your questions live from Ukraine during our latest ‘Ask Me Anything’ event, which started at 1.30pm UK time.

All you have to do is register to submit your question in the comment section below the article here.

Emily AtkinsonJanuary 28, 2022 1:38 p.m.

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Macron will meet this evening with his Ukrainian counterpart after his meeting with Vladimir Putin

French President Macron spoke for over an hour on the phone with Putin today, France 24 reports, but details have yet to emerge as to what the pair discussed.

At 7 p.m. Paris time, Macron will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amid fears that Russia is planning to invade.

Emily AtkinsonJanuary 28, 2022 1:32 p.m.

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Ukrainian minister says Germany’s reluctance to supply weapons is fueling Russian aggression

Ukraine’s defense minister said on Friday that Berlin’s reluctance to supply arms to Kiev was encouraging Russian aggression, and suggested that Moscow might hope to revive the German Democratic Republic in eastern Germany.

Unlike some of its NATO allies, Germany is not supplying arms to Kiev in its clash with Russia, which has massed troops near Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal also reported last week that Berlin had refused to issue permits for weapons of German origin to be exported from Estonia to Ukraine.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told parliament that Kyiv appreciated Germany’s help in treating injured soldiers.

“But we do not accept the official position (of Germany) regarding the supply of arms and other decisions that undermine the security of Europe and de facto encourage the aggressor,” he said. he declares.

Thomas KingleyJanuary 28, 2022 1:03 p.m.

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Ukraine Crisis Updates: What to Know Amid War Fears

High-stakes diplomacy continued on Friday in a bid to avert a war in Eastern Europe. The urgent efforts come as 100,000 Russian troops are massed near the Ukrainian border and the Biden administration fears Russian President Vladimir Putin could stage some kind of invasion within weeks.

Here’s what you need to know about international tensions around Ukraine:

Thomas KingleyJanuary 28, 2022 12:45 p.m.

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Russia says it wants peace but has ‘a gun on the table’ according to US envoy

Russia says it doesn’t want war but has put ‘weapon on the table’ in its negotiations with the United States by massing troops on Ukraine’s borders, the ambassador said on Friday American in Moscow, John Sullivan.

In an online briefing from Moscow, Sullivan described the buildup of tens of thousands of Russian troops as “extraordinary” and said it could not be explained as an ordinary military exercise or drills.

“It’s like you and I are having a discussion or a negotiation. If I put a gun on the table and say I come in peace, it’s threatening,” Sullivan told reporters. “And that’s what we see now.”

“We hope that the Russian government keeps its word and does not plan to invade Ukraine further, and will not. But the facts suggest that it currently has the capacity to do so,” he said.

Thomas KingleyJanuary 28, 2022 12:31

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More than two in five support NATO military intervention if Russia invades Ukraine

More than two in five British adults would support NATO or US military intervention if Russia were to invade Ukraine (44%), with just one in five opposed (19%), according to one new survey from Savanta ComRes.

The proportion who support NATO or the US military intervening in the event of an invasion rises to nearly half of Conservative (47%) and Labor (47%) voters as of 2019. (51%) are significantly more likely than women (36%) to support military intervention.

However, for British adults, NATO or US economic sanctions against the Russian government (60%) or Russian companies (58%) are more popular responses if Russia invades Ukraine. Furthermore, less than one in ten oppose sanctions against either (8% oppose).

Britain’s defense minister said Britain had supplied Ukraine with short-range anti-tank missiles in self-defence amid concerns about a Russian invasion, as well as a small deployment of British troops to provide training for Ukrainian services.

(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Thomas KingleyJanuary 28, 2022 12:15 p.m.

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Russia says it won’t start war as tensions in Ukraine rise

Russia’s top diplomat said on Friday that Moscow would not start a war, but warned it would not allow the West to trample its security interests amid fears it was planning to invade Russia. ‘Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden warned the Ukrainian leader a day earlier that there is a “strong possibility” that Russia will take military action against its neighbor in February.

“There will be no war as it depends on the Russian Federation, we don’t want war,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a live interview with Russian radio. “But we will not allow our interests to be grossly trampled on and ignored.”

(AP)

Thomas KingleyJanuary 28, 2022 12:00

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