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Wed Jan 26, 2022, 02:05 PM

US warns Russian attack may be 'imminent,' Ukraine disagrees: Here's why

As the U.S. continues to warn that the threat of a Russian attack on Ukraine remains "imminent," there is one dissenting voice that has grown stronger -- Ukraine's.

From President Volodymyr Zelenskyy down, the Ukrainian government has tried to urge calm, with senior officials making clear in recent days they don't see the risks now as any more heightened than over the last eight years of Russian-stoked conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar, for example, said the number of Russian troops massed on Ukraine's borders "are not enough for a full-scale invasion." Instead, Russian leader Vladimir Putin is using the troop build-up "primarily to politically blackmail the West and pressure Ukraine," she wrote in a Facebook post.

"Russia's tactical goal is provoke integral divisions in our society, sow fear and panic, to destabilize the internal situation," she added.


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