As tensions continue to simmer in Eastern Europe, Russia’s military says it has prevented a “diversionary reconnaissance” group from breaching the border from Ukraine.
On Monday, Russian defence ministry said five troops were killed in the incident which allegedly took place in Russia’s southwestern Rostov region at about 03:00 GMT.
The exchange came hours after the Kremlin dashed hopes that top-level diplomacy aimed at easing the Ukraine crisis would be imminent, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden had appeared to agree – in principle – to talks.
President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia was considering recognising the independence of two breakaway Ukrainian regions, but not annexing them and formally adding them to its own territory.
He made the comments during a long televised meeting of Russia’s security council during which all the participants said they backed recognising the independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic.
Vantage News has also gathered from a White House official that US President Joe Biden is meeting his national security team about Russia and Ukraine.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the White House official made the comments after a Reuters eyewitness saw Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrive at the White House on the US Presidents Day federal holiday.
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