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Europe closer to war

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW:

James Heappey, the UK’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, said that he believes Europe is closer to war than it has been for 70 years, the BBC reported.

“There are 130,000 Russian troops around the borders of Ukraine, thousands more on amphibious shipping in the Black Sea and the Azov Sea,” he told the BBC.

“All the combat enablers are in place and my fear is that if all of this was just about a show to win leverage in diplomacy that doesn’t require the logistics, the fuel, the medical supplies, the bridging assets, the unglamorous stuff that actually makes an invasion force credible, but doesn’t attract headlines. Yet all of that is now in place too.”

“That’s why there’s a real urgency to the diplomatic negotiations that continue,” he says.

Ukraine is calling for a meeting with Russia and other members of a key European security group as tensions grow.

Russia has denied plans to invade despite massing 100,000 soldiers on Ukraine’s borders.

Some nations warn an invasion could be imminent, with the US saying aerial bombardments could begin “at any time”.

More than a dozen countries have urged their citizens to leave Ukraine, and some have pulled embassy staff from the capital, the report said.

Russia and Ukraine have been locked in a bitter conflict since 2014 when Ukraine’s Kremlin-friendly leader was driven from office by a popular uprising. (IANS)

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