Russia has filed a report with the United Nations alleging that Ukraine’s military has committed “crimes” against residents of the eastern Donbas region, according to documents viewed by the Wall Street Journal.
Russia separately expelled the No. 2 official at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Deputy Chief of Mission Bart Gorman, a State Department spokesman said Thursday.
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The actions came as President Biden warned that the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is high, saying that it could happen in the next several days and that Moscow hadn’t moved troops out. “Every indication we have is they’re prepared to go into Ukraine, attack Ukraine,” he said Thursday. “My sense is it will happen in the next several days.”
Biden also said he had no plans to call Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The Russian documents viewed by the Journal allege the “genocide of the Russian-speaking population of Donbas.” The country’s U.N. ambassador is expected to criticize Ukraine and Western nations on Thursday over the plight of Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine, the documents show.
In response, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is planning to make a rare appearance at the U.N. Security Council, part of a growing effort by Washington to counteract what it sees as Russian disinformation that could serve as a pretext for renewed war in Ukraine.
An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.
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