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Shelling breaks out in Ukraine amid dispute over troop count

Very high risk of Russian attack in several days: Joe Biden

A satellite image taken on February 15 shows a tactical bridge being built across a key river in Belarus less than four miles from the Ukrainian border. Photo: Maxar Technologies via Reuters
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A satellite image taken on February 15 shows a tactical bridge being built across a key river in Belarus less than four miles from the Ukrainian border. Photo: Maxar Technologies via Reuters

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US President Joe Biden said on Thursday there was now every indication Russia was planning to invade Ukraine, including signs Moscow was carrying out a false flag operation to justify it, after Ukrainian forces and pro-Moscow rebels traded fire.

Moscow, for its part, ejected the number two official from the US embassy and released a strongly worded letter accusing Washington of ignoring its security demands. It threatened unspecified “military-technical measures”.

Early morning exchanges of fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists raised alarm, with Western officials who have long warned that Moscow could try to create a pretext for an invasion saying they

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First Published: Feb 17 2022 | 10:50 PM IST

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