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18 Feb 2022

Tensions flare as Russia-backed separatists call for mass evacuation of eastern Ukraine

Europe Editor and Presenter

The British Embassy in Ukraine has announced that it is temporarily relocating to the West of the country.

Tensions have flared in the east of Ukraine all day, with the head of the Russian backed separatist region announcing a mass evacuation in response to what he said was aggression from Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government tonight said the claims are “divorced from reality” and that Russia is conducting a campaign to “disseminate massive disinformation.”

The purpose? To give it a pretext, Kyiv says for an invasion with a new total of about 190,000 Russian and Belarusian troops based on the border with Ukraine.