Ukraine's Zelenskiy says he has heard invasion could be Wednesday, declares day of unity_freckle removal miami

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  • Vladimir PutinVladimir PutinPresident of Russia
  • Volodymyr Zelensky6th President of Ukraine
  • Sergey LavrovSergey LavrovRussian politician and Foreign Minister

By Darya Korsunskaya and Natalia Zinets

MOSCOW/KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday he had heard that Wednesday could be the day of a Russian invasion, and would proclaim it a day of Ukrainian national unity instead.

Zelenskiy, who has tended to play down suggestions that an attack is imminent, did not say who had suggested the date of Feb. 16. However, several U.S. news organisations reported last week that Washington believed that was the date when Russian forces would be ready if Putin gives the order to invade.

"They tell us Feb. 16 will be the day of the attack. We will make it a day of unity," he said in a video address to the nation. "They are trying to frighten us by yet again naming a date for the start of military action."

An order had been signed to hang out national flags and wear yellow and blue banners on that day, he added.

Russia suggested on Monday that it was ready to keep talking to the West to try to defuse the security crisis, while the United States said Moscow was adding to its military capabilities by the day for a potential attack on Ukraine.

Russia has more than 100,000 troops massed near the border of Ukraine. It denies Western accusations that it is planning an invasion, but says it could take unspecified "military-technical" action unless a range of demands are met, including barring Kyiv from ever joining the NATO alliance.

In a televised exchange, President Vladimir Putin was shown asking his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, whether there was a chance of an agreement to address Russia's security concerns, or whether it was just being dragged into tortuous negotiations.

Lavrov replied: "We have already warned more than once that we will not allow endless negotiations on questions that demand a solution today."

But he added: "It seems to me that our possibilities are far from exhausted... At this stage, I would suggest continuing and building them up."


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