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Ukraine: Former Russian lieutenant warns of ‘global catastrophe’

The RAF is deploying Six Royal Air Force Typhoon super-jets to eastern Europe in a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin, while US Secretary of State Andrew Blinken is meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba today. Estimates suggest between 50,000 and 80,000 Russian troops are now massed along Ukraine’s eastern border with their superpower neighbour and in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

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The Donbass region in the east of Ukraine is the setting for an ongoing conflict between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, which is estimated to have cost as many as 14,000 lives in the last seven years.

Mr Zelenskiy, speaking during a visit to see troops dug into trenches in the area, told a CNN film crew the threat of war was all too real.

He explained: "Of course. We know it, from 2014 we know it can be each day.

Ukraine soldier trenchAn Ukrainian solider leads Mr Zelenskiy through the trenches (Image: CNN)

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Volodymyr ZelenskiyPresident Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his country was preparing for a Russian invasion (Image: CNN)

"They are ready, but we are also ready because we are on our land and our territory.”

In a direct plea to US President Joe Biden to “do more” to help his country, Mr Zelenskiy said: “If they see Ukraine in NATO, they have to say it directly, and do it. Not words.”

He admitted the prospects of Ukraine joining the alliance were slim, given the reaction that would likely provoke from Mr Putin.

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