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Putin ready to strike: US warns EU allies Russia set to invade Ukraine and finish 2014 war

According to sources, Washington has become concerned over the military build-up on the border with Ukraine. Although the US has not released the information, there are concerns over the large mass of troops on the border, the threats over energy supplies and the migrant clash between Poland and Belarus. On Wednesday, vice-President Kamala Harris and Emmanuel Macron discussed the situation.

According to Bloomberg, two US administration officials claimed Russia has helped orchestrate the migrant crisis between Poland and Belarus.

Speaking this week, US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken expressed his fear Russia may attempt to replicate its annexation of Ukraine in 2014.

He admitted the US is now concerned by the reports of increased Russian military activity.

Mr Blinken said: “Our concern is that Russia may make a serious mistake of attempting to rehash what it undertook back in 2014, when it amassed forces along the border, crossed into sovereign Ukrainian territory and did so claiming falsely that it was provoked.

“So the playbook that we’ve seen in the past was to claim some provocation as a rationale for doing what it, what it intended and planned to do.

“All which is why we’re looking at this very carefully.”

Ukraine and Russia have been in conflict since 2014 when the latter annexed Crimea.

Although the West has not recognised Russia’s claim to Crimea, the Kremlin has maintained a heavy presence in the region and the Donbas area.

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“The best way to deter an aggressive Russia is to let the Kremlin know that Ukraine is strong and has strong allies who will not leave it alone with the aggressor.”

While Russia has rejected any claims it has helped fuel the migrant crisis, the state remains a close ally of Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko.

As the situation escalates between Belarus and Poland, the president has claimed he will cut off gas supplies from a Russian pipeline which passes through the state.

According to a German government spokesman, Angela Merkel had asked Mr Putin to step to halt the migrant crisis.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov claimed the current crisis over migrants is down to the EU’s failures.

He said: “It is apparent that a humanitarian catastrophe is looming against the background of Europeans’ reluctance to demonstrate commitment to their European values.