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Live Briefing: Ukraine In The Crosshairs

26 Jan 2022, 00:15 GMT+10

Welcome to our live briefing on the massive buildup of Russian military forces near Ukraine's border, and the diplomatic efforts under way to prevent a possible invasion by Moscow.

Here's an overview -- updated throughout the day-- of what we know about the standoff between Moscow and Kyiv and threats of a further Russian move against its western neighbor.

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Here's What You Need To Know

The Kremlin says U.S. moves and statements are 'escalating tensions.' Up to 8,500 U.S. troops are on 'heightened alert' for potential deployment. Russian, Ukrainian, French, and German officials are due to meet in Paris. Latvia's defense minister says Ukraine has a right to defend itself. The U.S. and U.K. announced the departure of some embassy staff from Ukraine. Ukraine expressed concern some European countries are prioritizing relations with Moscow over solidarity with Ukraine.​

Could Ukraine Survive A Russian Onslaught?

By all accounts, Ukraine's armed forces are qualitatively better than they were seven years ago, when the military's sorry shape, battered by years of neglect, underfunding, and corruption, was on display against Russia-backed fighters in the Donbas.

'Russia will find them a determined, robust, and enduring army, whatever Putin chooses to do,' said Glen Grant, a retired British Army artillery officer who served as an adviser to the Ukrainian military.

'Our army has been systematically destroyed and disarmed, and its best personnel dismissed,' Deputy Defense Minister Petro Mehed told reporters in April 2014. But since that time, the Ukrainian military has improved, though experts disagree how broad and deep the improvements are, and how much is possible when a country is still technically at war.

Read more of our story by Mike Eckel here.

What Are The Ukrainian Military's Strengths?

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Washington DC 20036

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