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US says evidence suggests 'Russia is moving towards an imminent invasion' of Ukraine

CNN - The United States says evidence at Ukraine's border shows that Russia is "moving towards an imminent invasion" and is not withdrawing troops, despite Moscow's claims.

President Joe Biden and top US officials said Thursday that all signs pointed to Russia preparing to attack Ukraine, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken was set to address the United Nations Security Council on Thursday morning, in a last-minute change to his schedule.

"Every indication that we have is that they are prepared to go into Ukraine, attack Ukraine," Biden told reporters as he left the White House on Thursday.

Russia expelled the second-most senior diplomat at the US embassy in Moscow without any justification, the State Department said Thursday, in what the Biden administration views as an escalatory move.

"Russia's actions against our deputy chief of mission, who was a key member of the embassy's leadership team, was unprovoked," White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One. "Now more than ever, it is critical that our countries have the necessary diplomatic personnel in place to facilitate communication between our governments." addressing the UN because "this is a crucial moment."

"The evidence on the ground is that Russia is moving toward an imminent invasion," she said. "Our goal is to convey the gravity of the situation," she said

The US received a response from Russia on Thursday to the written proposals the US submitted to Russia three weeks ago, a senior State Department official said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier that Moscow would send its response to the US on security guarantees, and that Moscow will also make the letter public.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Thursday also said the US government is not seeing any kind of withdrawal of Russian troops from .....READ MORE

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