Ukraine-Russia crisis: What you need to know about the rising fear of war

PARIS (AP), -- High-level talks will take place Tuesday in order to avert war threat as Russian troops mass at the borders of Ukraine by the tens or thousands.

Ukraine-Russia crisis: What you need to know about the rising fear of war

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected make an appearance alongside the Hungarian prime Minister. There is high anticipation that Putin will speak out publicly on the crisis for the first times in several weeks. Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, is taking a break to deal with his domestic problems and will meet in Kyiv for a meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine's President. The Kremlin announced that Putin will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in person "in the foreseeable near future."

What are the U.S. and EUROPE doing to combat potential cyberattacks?

A high-ranking White House cybersecurity official is currently in Europe, meeting with U.S. allies to coordinate efforts to respond to and defend against cyberattacks by Russia against Ukraine and other countries.

Senior Biden administration officials announced Tuesday that Anne Neuberger is the deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology. She will be traveling to Brussels, Warsaw, and other European countries as part of a week-long visit to meet with NATO allies.

Officials stated that the purpose of the trip was to ensure that the U.S., its allies and cyber-related contingencies are ready for any situation in Ukraine.

Russia has previously launched cyberattacks against Ukraine and it would likely do so again in any future operation against its neighbor. This hostile activity could spread to Ukraine, just like the notPetya attack in 2017.

__ Alan Suderman

What would a UKRAINIAN RESISTANCE look like?

Kharkiv, an eastern Ukrainian city, is split between those who want to be part of a civil resistance against a possible Russian invasion and those who simply want to live their lives.

The fate of Ukraine could be decided by which side wins in Kharkiv. This second-largest city in Ukraine is located just 40 km (25 miles) away from the Russian military base.

According to U.S intelligence officials and analysts, a guerrilla war waged by housewives, dentists, and coaches to defend a city with 1,000 basement shelters would be a disaster for Russian military planners. This is exactly what Kharkiv and other Ukrainians claim they are planning to do.

"Both our generation as well as our children are prepared to defend themselves." Maryna Teluiko, a 40 year-old baker who joined the reservists in Kyiv with her 18-year old daughter, said that this will not be an easy battle.

Lori Hinnant and __ Mystyslav Cherrynov

WHY DOES RUSSIA STATE IT DID NOT SEND A REPONSE ON UKRAINE TO US?

Russia denies that it responded to the U.S. proposal in order to deescalate the Ukraine crisis.

Multiple Biden administration officials claimed that the Russian government had responded in writing to the U.S. proposal. However, Alexander Grushko, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, told Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday that this was not true.

An unnamed Russian diplomat from the Foreign Ministry was also quoted as saying that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had sent a message about "the principle indivisibility security" to his Western counterparts, including Antony Blinken, but it wasn't a response.

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, told reporters Tuesday that there had been "confusion". Russia's response is still being worked on and what was sent were "other considerations on an somewhat different topic."

On Tuesday, Lavrov and Blinken will speak to each other.

__ Daria Livinova

UKRAINE SECURITY CHIEF WARNS AGAINST INTERNAL UNTEST

According to Ukraine's security chief, Russian forces gathered at the border don't have the type of preparations that indicate an imminent invasion. He warned that panicking could cause internal unrest which would be beneficial for Moscow.

According to Oleksiy Daillov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (The Associated Press), about 120,000 Russian troops are located near Ukraine and Moscow. However, he said that an imminent invasion would require large-scale preparations that could be easily detected.

Danilov stated to the AP that "we can't allow panic within the country." "It is very difficult for us maintain control over our economic situation while all the media keeps saying that war will begin tomorrow. Panic is the sister of defeat.

According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to destroy Ukraine by internal destabilization.

__ Yuras Karmanau

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