Russia-Ukraine: Army, people ‘ready for deterrence’, Ukraine defense chief says: LIVE UPDATES

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Despite the dire warnings from the White House and Pentagon over the growing number of Russian forces on Ukraine’s border and what is being billed as a pending invasion “any day,” Ukraine’s leaders are telling their people to “keep calm.”

Russian-backed separatist leader suggests war in Ukraine could ‘start at any moment’

Denis Pushilin, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, said during an interview Monday that a full-scale war could erupt at any moment, according to Reuters.

“First of all we rely on ourselves, but we do not rule out that we will be forced to turn to Russia if Ukraine, with the support of Western countries, passes a certain line,” he reportedly said.

“It could all start at any moment, regardless of weather conditions,” Pushilin added. “Sometimes unfavourable weather conditions are good cover for launching an attack.”

Former Ukraine defense official: ‘It’s going to be a bloody hell for the Russians’ if they invade

Former Ukraine defense official: 'It’s going to be a bloody hell for the Russians' if they invade

A Ukrainian serviceman holds a heavy machine gun at a frontline position in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, on Monday. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)

Alexander Khara, a former Ukrainian defense official, told Al Jazeera in an interview Monday that “it’s going to be a bloody hell for the Russians” if Moscow decides to launch an invasion of Ukraine.

“See, if they decide to cross [the border] and especially if they then decide to enter our cities… Thanks to the British, we have pretty powerful anti-tank missiles that can be used in urban warfare, and certainly, we have enough of our own to deploy,” Khara said.

“War was imposed on us, we are going to fight back, and I haven’t seen any sign of Ukrainian society being tired of war or [preparing to] capitulate to Russian demands,” he added.

Khara also told the news outlet that he sees “no room for diplomacy” with the current standoff between the two sides, as “[Russia wants us to be] a sort of pro-Russian buffer zone, and that’s not going to happen.”

“Secondly, they’re trying to use Ukraine as a leverage against the European Union and NATO, to divide the Europeans between themselves and Europeans from the Americans,” he said.

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FAST FACTS

  • Despite the dire warnings from the White House and Pentagon over the growing number of Russian forces on Ukraine’s border and what is being billed as a pending invasion “any day,” Ukraine’s leaders are telling their people to “keep calm.” 
  • Biden administration officials said that intelligence findings showed that the Kremlin had worked up an elaborate plot to fabricate an attack by Ukrainian forces that Russia could use as a pretext to take military action against its neighbor.
  • Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told reporters last week that an invasion seems more likely than not.

Russian-backed separatist leader suggests war in Ukraine could ‘start at any moment’

Denis Pushilin, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, said during an interview Monday that a full-scale war could erupt at any moment, according to Reuters.

“First of all we rely on ourselves, but we do not rule out that we will be forced to turn to Russia if Ukraine, with the support of Western countries, passes a certain line,” he reportedly said.

“It could all start at any moment, regardless of weather conditions,” Pushilin added. “Sometimes unfavourable weather conditions are good cover for launching an attack.”

Former Ukraine defense official: ‘It’s going to be a bloody hell for the Russians’ if they invade

Former Ukraine defense official: 'It’s going to be a bloody hell for the Russians' if they invade

A Ukrainian serviceman holds a heavy machine gun at a frontline position in the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, on Monday. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)

Alexander Khara, a former Ukrainian defense official, told Al Jazeera in an interview Monday that “it’s going to be a bloody hell for the Russians” if Moscow decides to launch an invasion of Ukraine.

“See, if they decide to cross [the border] and especially if they then decide to enter our cities… Thanks to the British, we have pretty powerful anti-tank missiles that can be used in urban warfare, and certainly, we have enough of our own to deploy,” Khara said.

“War was imposed on us, we are going to fight back, and I haven’t seen any sign of Ukrainian society being tired of war or [preparing to] capitulate to Russian demands,” he added.

Khara also told the news outlet that he sees “no room for diplomacy” with the current standoff between the two sides, as “[Russia wants us to be] a sort of pro-Russian buffer zone, and that’s not going to happen.”

“Secondly, they’re trying to use Ukraine as a leverage against the European Union and NATO, to divide the Europeans between themselves and Europeans from the Americans,” he said. Source

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