UK government says Russian plan to invade ukraine has effectively already begun

The United Kingdom has seen intelligence that suggests Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to invade Ukraine is already underway, Downing Street has said.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson stressed that this did not mean that Russian troops had begun crossing the border into Ukraine.

But he said that the latest intelligence suggests that Moscow “intends” to invade and that the expected playbook for how Putin would put an invasion plan into effect was now unrolling on the ground.

“The intelligence we are seeing suggests that Russia intends to launch an invasion and that president Putin’s plan has already begun, in effect,” Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson told reporters.

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