Russia has accused an American submarine of violating its waters – with Putin pushing the West to the brink of World War Three in Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry says a Virginia-class submarine has entered Russia’s territorial waters around Urup – and ignored requests for it to surface.
According to the report, the submarine left the area after “special measures” were taken by the Russian navy.
The ministry said it had summoned the US defense attaché in Moscow about the incident.
Virginia-class submarines are primarily used for anti-submarine warfare and intelligence-gathering operations
It comes like The US has vowed to take a “resolute and strong” response. about a Russian invasion of Ukraine after reports that it could happen on Wednesday.
The warning from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken came during a phone call with his Russian counterpart, amid fears of an impending invasion.
New intelligence now shows that Russia will invade Ukraine this Wednesday, February 16, according to German newspaper Der Spiegel.
The information received by the Secret Service, the CIA and other intelligence agencies goes even further to outline the route that individual Russian units will take, along with the roles they will play. implementation, reporting.
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will discuss the crisis today but before that Blinken spoke with Sergei Lavrov.
“I spoke with Foreign Minister Lavrov today to urge a diplomatic resolution on Russia’s gratuitous military build-up around Ukraine,” Blinken tweeted later.
“I repeat that further Russian aggression will be met with a resolute, large, and unified transatlantic response.”
But in response, Lavrov accused the US of trying to incite conflict in Ukraine, in a phone call with his US counterpart Antony Blinken.
Their talks came after US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington believes Mr Putin could strike any day.
It was previously believed that Russia would not strike before the end of the Winter Olympics on February 20, but the latest intelligence reports cast doubt on that.
The threat is imminent after weeks of heightened tension like that of Vladimir Putin The buildup of troops and tanks continues to threaten Ukraine.
Sullivan repeated President Biden’s call for “all US citizens still in Ukraine to leave immediately”.
“We want to be clear on this point. Any American in Ukraine should leave as soon as possible and in any case within the next 24 to 48 hours.
“The risk is now high enough and the threat is now immediate enough for this to be what prudence calls for.
“If you stay, you’re assuming the risk, there’s no guarantee that there will be any other chance to leave, and there’s no prospect of US troops having to evacuate in the event of a Russian invasion. .”
Mr. Sullivan said an attack would likely begin with aerial bombings and missile attacks, which would shut down air, rail and land transportation.
MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the House Defense Select Committee, who also said war was “inevitable”, echoed his fears.
Biden and Putin are expected to hold intense talks at 4pm UK time while top US General Mark Milley spoke to his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimo.
Russia has deployed troops to Ukraine’s border as NATO begins to strengthen its forces in the region.
The Pentagon says it will send 3,000 troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolinato Poland to join the 1,700 troops assembled there.
TROOPS FIRST TO UKRAINE
Last night, the British were warned to leave Ukraine immediately as the threat of war was imminent.
Edinburgh-born healthcare company boss Stuart McKenzie, 51, organized a flag procession with 200 expats through Kiev with the support of locals last week.
The father of three is currently planning to fly or drive his family safely to Europe in the next 48 hours – but will be back to assist Ukraine.
Stuart – who is married to Ukrainian Lena, 49 and has children Victoria, 20, Robert, 14 and Stuart, 12 and has lived in Kiev for 28 years – said: “My priority is protection. My family.
“But I also plan to get my children to safety and then come back to help the Ukrainians in any way I can.
“It could mean organizing or working with them but it could also mean picking up a gun – I’m about to do it because it’s the Russians who are the aggressors.”
But Ken Stewart, 54, and his Ukrainian wife, Tania, 36, were stuck at their home north of Kiev last night because they didn’t have passports for their newborn baby Douglas.
Douglas was born on Monday weighing 9lbs, according to the Caesarian precinct, and Tania was still recovering in hospital when embassies ordered citizens to flee.
Ken, also from Edinburgh, said: “We’re in a difficult situation because we don’t have Douglas’ birth certificate yet.
“So I’m waiting until they get home and then I think we can just leave and go west, where Tania has relatives just to be safe.”
Threats of a nuclear clash have now increased after it was revealed Russia moved Its fearsome “atom cannon” within striking distance of a large city.
A self-propelled artillery battery capable of firing nuclear warheads was captured on video in the Russian town of Vesela Lopan, Bolgorod – just 10 miles from the Ukrainian border.
And civilians in Ukraine are taking part in open military training after reports that some 200,000 fully equipped Russian troops were on their border.
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