(NewsNation Now) – President Joe Biden is expected to provide a status update on the ongoing situation in Ukraine at 3:30 p.m. EST Tuesday.
The president is expected to make brief remarks and “will reiterate that the United States remains open to high-level foreign policy in close coordination with our allies, building on much of the diplomacy that we and our allies and partners have offered Russia in recent months,” the White House said.
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Russia has deployed more than 130,000 troops near Ukraine, raising fears of an invasion amid heightened tensions with the West.
Russia denies it has any plans to invade Ukraine, despite stationing troops on Ukraine’s northern, southern and eastern borders and conducting major military exercises nearby.
The Russian military on Tuesday deployed long-range nuclear bombers and fighter jets carrying advanced hypersonic missiles to its airbase in Syria to major naval exercises in the region.
This comes as Ukrainian authorities said a cyberattack hit the websites of Ukrainian government agencies and major banks on Tuesday. The attack was the latest in a series of attacks against Ukraine.
At least 10 Ukrainian websites have been shut down due to DDOS attacks, including those of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, and two of Ukraine’s largest state banks.
The ministry suggested that Russia may be behind Tuesday’s incident, without providing details. “It is possible that the aggressor used petty mischief tactics because his aggressive plans did not work overall,” the statement said.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is ready for negotiations with the US and NATO on missile deployment limits and military transparency.
Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said the United States and NATO had rejected Moscow’s request to keep Ukraine and other former Soviet states not in NATO, to stop deploying weapons near Russian borders and the withdrawal of coalition forces from Eastern Europe.
They agreed to discuss a range of security measures that Russia had proposed earlier.
Many US troops are currently deployed to Poland, as US officials warn an invasion could begin “at any time” causing “massive human suffering” in the East. Europe. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to the region today to meet allied defense ministers while the US moves all diplomats out of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and closes its embassy.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has continued to downplay the threat from Russia, joking at one point on Monday that the invasion would happen “tomorrow”. US intelligence says the invasion could happen as early as this week.
Biden administration officials have warned that Russia could carry out a “false flag” operation to justify an attack on Ukraine, creating a scenario in which Ukraine is the aggressor.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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