• Russia has massed troops near Ukraine's border
  • Top U.S. diplomat Blinken holds talks with allies
  • Kremlin says U.S. threats risk destabilising situation
  • Von der Leyen: 'If attacks happen, we are prepared.'

Ukraine sees no deviation from U.S. policy in a remark by President Joe Biden that Russia could bear a lower cost for an "incursion" rather than for an "invasion" of Ukraine, a senior Ukrainian adviser said on Thursday..

  • Biden suggests smaller penalty for 'minor incursion' by Russia
  • White House seeks to clarify Biden comments
  • U.S. president open to third summit with Putin

The U.S. State Department has cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send U.S.-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, three sources familiar with the decision said, as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.

  • Blinken says Russia could attack Ukraine at short notice
  • Kremlin says arms deliveries to Ukraine increase tension
  • Russian minister says no plan to strike or invade
  • Blinken to meet Russia's Lavrov in Geneva on Friday

The White House told the U.S. chip industry to be prepared for new restrictions on exports to Russia if Moscow attacks Ukraine, sources said, including potentially blocking the country's access to global electronic supplies.

Republican U.S. senators said on Wednesday they are working with Democrats on legislation to aid Ukraine as Washington works to prevent another attack by Russia on the former Soviet state and after a bill they supported failed to pass last week.

A United Nations report into the forced diversion of a Ryanair (RYA.I) jetliner last year has found that a bomb threat that drew the plane to Minsk was "deliberately false" and that Belarus withheld crucial information from its fact-finding team.

A Tunisian man died in hospital on Wednesday from injuries inflicted by police, activists and the main opposition Ennahda party said, in what would be the first death related to protests against President Kais Saied's assumption of extra powers.

Anti-coup resistance committees and political parties call for two days of civil disobedience in Sudan over killings by the security forces.

Moves come as Russia denies US claims that is looking for a pretext to invade Ukraine.

Moscow says it must have answers from the West over its security demands before more discussions can take place.

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