Bipartisan group of senators meet with Ukraine President Zelenskyy as Russian troops amass on border

Seven bipartisan senators are in Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy and officials to reaffirm the U.S.' commitment to Ukraine as Russian troops amass at the border.

1/18/2022 12:12:00 AM

A bipartisan group of seven U.S. senators arrived in Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other officials in what they say is a show of commitment to the country as an 'increasingly belligerent Russia' bears down on its border.

Seven bipartisan senators are in Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy and officials to reaffirm the U.S.' commitment to Ukraine as Russian troops amass at the border.

ABC News Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell met up with Sens. Shaheen and Murphy in Kyiv to discuss the purpose of their trip.Shaheen called the situation critical, saying a Russian incursion could come soon.U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Jeanne Shaheen, Rob Portman, Roger Wicker and Kevin Cramer attend a news briefing following their meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv, Ukraine Jan. 17, 2022.

On Friday a U.S. official said an invasion could come between now and mid-February and accused Russia of preparing to set a false pretext to attack."We have information that they've pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct what we call a false-flag operation – an operation designed to look like an attack on them or their people, or Russian speaking people in Ukraine, as an excuse to go in," Kirby said.

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Russia denies looking for pretext to invade UkraineRussia's top diplomat on Monday angrily rejected the U.S. allegations that it was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine as Russian troops have remained concentrated near the border. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded that Russia had already deployed operatives to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine to carry out acts of sabotage there and blame them on Ukraine in a “false-flag operation” to create a pretext for possible invasion.

Russia denies looking for pretext to invade UkraineA delegation of U.S. senators is visiting Ukraine to emphasize U.S. support for the country.

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China's Xi Says Countries Must Abandon ‘Cold War Mentality,' Warns Against ConfrontationHis comments come at a time of simmering tensions between China and the U.S. over Taiwan and as fears escalate over a possible Russian incursion into Ukraine. Im sure Taiwan is relieved…. Says the one that loves to confront. You are welcome for us defending you against Japan.

After talks make no progress, is Russian attack on Ukraine more likely?: AnalysisA week of high-profile diplomatic talks between the West and Russia have not dispelled fears that Russia may be preparing to attack Ukraine. What you see in this photo is not an effective trench America Who are you kidding, your government agreed with the Russians to divide Ukraine into east and west, you offered Turkey not to enter this war in return for giving the Greek Islands, Erdogan responded negatively to this bargain... no more lies may be 😆😬

Ukraine claims Russia behind cyberattack in 'hybrid war' as threat of invasion loomsThe attack comes as the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine looms and diplomatic talks to standoff appear stalled. Good luck Ukraine . You have Biden in the White House. Help yourself. Always remember what had happened in Afghanistan.