US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that Russia is preparing to attack Ukraine “in the coming days,” calling it “the most immediate threat to peace and security.”

Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine and the Minsk agreement, the top US diplomat said Russia’s claim that Moscow is drawing down its forces near Ukrainian borders is not indicated by evidence Washington is seeing.

“We do not see that happening on the ground,” said Blinken. “Our information indicates clearly that these forces including ground troops, aircraft, ships, are preparing to launch an attack against Ukraine in the coming days”.

He warned that the crisis directly affects every member of the Council and every country in the world.

Blinken addressed the Council before his trip to Germany to attend the Munich Security Conference.

US envoy to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said she asked Blinken to directly address the Council and talk about “the serious situation” in Ukraine.

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