Ukraine’s president accuses Russia of preparing for coup

  • Ukraine’s president said a coup involving Russia was being planned in early December, Reuters reported.
  • It comes after the United States warned allies that Russia is increasing the number of troops and can invade, according to Bloomberg.
  • Experts also told Insider that a Russian invasion of Ukraine was a “very real possibility.”

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The President of Ukraine has accused Russia of preparing for a coup as early as next week.

Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that he has information that Russia is involved in a coup planned for December 1 or December 2, Reuters reported.

He told a news conference, according to Reuters: “We have challenges not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation – we have major internal challenges. I received information that a coup will take place in our country on December 1-2.”

The warning comes as Russia builds troops along the border with Ukraine, raising fears that the country may be preparing for an invasion.

The United States warned allies that Russia could decide to invade Ukraine in the next few months and could send about 100,000 troops to Ukraine, Bloomberg reported this week.

Experts also told Insiders Ryan Pickrell that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is a “very real possibility.”

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry warned this week that Russia is stepping up its “combat readiness” in Ukraine.

The head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Agency also told the Military Times last week that Russia already has about 100,000 soldiers at the border.

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