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As all eyes are directed to the current humanitarian crisis at the Belarus-Poland border with thousands of asylum seekers trying to enter the EU, the US and Britain have warned that Russia could plan an invasion of Ukraine. A British defense source said: “The anxiety is because we don’t know what will happen.

“It’s an unpredictable situation.”

Russia has denied all claims of possible conflict and said its military presence near the Ukrainian border was just a reaction to increased action by NATO’s transatlantic alliance in the region.

“Such headlines do nothing more than pointless and unfoundedly fuel tensions,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“Russia does not pose a threat to anyone,” he added.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said there were nearly 100,000 Russian troops near the Ukrainian border and that Western countries had shared information about active Russian troop movements with Kiev, Reuters reports.

“I hope the whole world can now clearly see who really wants peace and who is concentrating nearly 100,000 troops at our border,” he said in a speech on Wednesday.

The UK is ready to intervene to help Ukraine if the conflict escalates as 600 British soldiers from the Special Air Service (SAS) and the Parachute Regiment have been warned that they could be sent to the country within hours.

The Sunday Mirror reports that defense chiefs and the head of MI6 have advised No10 that Russian President Vladimir Putin represents a clear and current danger for Ukraine and the West.

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Tony Blinken, the US secretary of state, said: “We have no clarity on Moscow’s intentions, but we do know its playbook, and our concern is that Russia may make the serious mistake of trying to redo what it undertook in 2014..

“We are concerned about the reports of the unusual Russian activity near Ukraine.

“We look at this very, very closely.

“We are also consulting very closely with allies and partners.”

A Pentagon spokesman said Russia’s troop movement is “unusual in its size and scope” and added: “We urge Russia to be clear about its intentions.”

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