The US has reiterated its assessment that Russia could invade Ukraine at any moment. US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said ahead of the UN Security Council consultations on Ukraine that there appears to be evidence that an invasion is imminent.
Therefore, foreign Minister Antony Blinken addresses the powerful body and has changed his travel plans.
The US government has been saying for some time that the Russians are ready to invade. They are said to have brought in new troops recently. Moscow denies and says it is pulling troops away from the border with Ukraine.
The Security Council meets for annual consultations on implementing the so-called Minsk agreements. In 2015, they led to a truce between the government in Kyiv and the pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. But unfortunately, that file is violated almost daily.
On Thursday, the two sides again accused each other of shelling. The Ukrainian army says that the rebels have fired on a kindergarten, among other things. Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky called it a “great provocation”. However, Washington and other Western countries do not rule out Moscow seeking an excuse to justify an attack.