World holds breath as Ukraine to fire rocket in terrifying escalation of Russia tensions

Liz Truss set to visit Vladimir Putin in Russia 'for talks'

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A rocket test will reportedly be carried out by Ukraine on January 26. Kiev issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) that will keep the test area near the coast by Odessa, a port city in Ukraine, restricted. This also comes after the Department of the People’s Militia (DPM) said Ukrainian security forces deployed a rocket-artillery battalion to Donbas. The DPM, a militia in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic region of Ukraine said the battalion consists of multiple launch rocket systems, , dubbed “Hurricane”, to the region.

A representative of the People’s Militia of the DPR told reporters that the militia has been transferring weapons with the Ukrainian army.

They are said to have transferred the 3rd rocket-artillery battalion of the 27th artillery brigade (of the armed forces of Ukraine.), armed with 220-mm Uragan multiple launch rocket systems

Ukraine’s military activity comes as reports of over 100,000 Russian troops stationed at the Russia-Ukraine border have sparked fears of an invasion.

And with reports that Britons have started to be evacuated from Ukraine, it appears that a conflict could break out at any minute.

About half the staff working at the UK embassy in Kiev are expected to leave with their families.

This came after the US decided to evacuate its non-essential embassy staff “as early as this week”.

US President Joe Biden is reportedly considering sending several thousand US troops to help defend Ukraine.

He is also said to be planning for warships and an aircraft to be sent to back up to NATO allies too.

Mr Biden is said to be weighing up options put forward by Pentagon officials to send 1,000 to 5,000 troops to NATO allies in Eastern Europe.

That figure is said to potentially increase 10-fold if the situation deteriorates.

Moscow has now expressed concern about the transfer of military equipment from NATO countries to the Russian borders.

But the US has said Russia appears to be making preparations to deploy 100 battalion tactical groups.

It suspects an estimated 175,000 military personnel will be deployed from strategic locations along the Ukrainian border, backed by 100,000 reservist troops.

Mr Biden has previously warned Moscow that “if any, any assembled Russian units move across the Ukrainian border, that is an invasion” which would be met with “severe economic response”.

This also comes after the UK accused Russia of plans to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine.

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss publicly named released Yevhen Murayev, a former Ukrainian MP, as the Kremlin’s preferred candidate to take over the country following an invasion.

She also warned Russia of stark consequences if it invades.

She urged Mr Putin in a statement to “desist and step back” from Ukraine before he makes a “massive strategic mistake”.

She said: “The Kremlin knows a military incursion would be a massive strategic mistake & the UK and our partners would impose a severe cost on Russia.”

This tension comes eight years after Russia annexed Crimea.

It sparked fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, and separatist troops are still battling today in a conflict that has claimed over 14,000 lives.

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