A US general warned of "horrific" consequences of armed conflict in Ukraine. He said any Russian action could result in many deaths. He said Russian troops being on Ukraine's border was worrying. He said: "This is larger in scale…than anything we have seen in recent memory.…You'd have to go back…to the Cold War days to see something of this magnitude." Russia says it has no plans to invade. It says US support for Ukraine is the biggest threat.
Russia said the USA and NATO were the aggressors. It said NATO forces should not be so close to Russia's borders. Moscow called for Ukraine to be banned from joining NATO. NATO said Ukraine could choose its own allies. Russia said NATO should end any military activity in Eastern Europe. It called for NATO not to deploy missiles near Russia. Ukraine's president accused the West of creating "panic" over a possible invasion.