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British PM warns any Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a ‘disaster’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns on a trip to Kyiv that Russian forces massed on the border represent a “clear and present danger” to Ukraine.

“We see large numbers of troops massing, we see preparations for all kinds of operations that are consistent with an imminent military campaign,” Johnson says at a press conference with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Our view is that time is urgent and this is something that needs to be addressed now.”

Johnson urges Russia to pull back troops and choose diplomacy, warning that any invasion would be a “disaster.”

“It is vital that Russia steps back and chooses a path of diplomacy, and I believe that is still possible,” he said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrive to attend a joint news conference in Kyiv, on February 1, 2022. (Peter Nicholls/Pool/AFP)

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