In order to intervene faster in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO decided on Friday evening that the rapid reaction force should be deployed within 7 instead of 30 days. Meanwhile, Russia has amassed the largest military force since World War II on the Ukrainian border. The new events on Friday seem to raise the possibility of an armed conflict between Russia and the West. What happened on Friday?
Meanwhile, the United States and Ukraine accuse Russia of wanting to provoke a military crisis in eastern Ukraine. According to them, the Russians would like to use this to start the invasion.
Pro-Russian rebels evacuated all Russian-speaking Ukrainians from the area. This gives the impression that Ukraine is planning an attack on the areas where the rebels are active. Ukraine denies these allegations.
The United Kingdom temporarily moved its embassy from the capital, Kiev, to Lviv in western Ukraine.
Russia has increased its military force on the border with Ukraine to 190,000 soldiers. NATO asserts that tensions continue to escalate and that Russia has amassed the largest military force since World War II.