The news emerged as pro-Russian separatist leaders have announced a general mobilisation in Ukraine’s disputed territories as tensions with Russia escalate. US President Joe Biden yesterday said he is “convinced” that Vladimir Putin has already decided to invade Ukraine.
Speaking at the White House, the US president said: “We have reason to believe the Russian forces are planning to and intend to attack Ukraine in the coming week.
“In the coming days, we believe that they will target Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, a city of 2.8 million innocent people.”
Maxar Technologies – which has been monitoring the build-up of Russian for weeks – has released satellite imagery that suggests additional ground attack aircraft, air defence units and drone equipment have been deployed near the border.
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