Residents of Kiev throng a church to pray for peace. At least 150,000 Russian troops have been stationed outside Ukraine’s borders. According to US authorities, Putin has decided to send Russian military into Ukraine. Vice President Joe Biden of the United States gathers a National Security Council meeting to discuss Russia’s military buildup in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a cease-fire.
European and American authorities say that negotiation is still being pursued. The US Embassy in Moscow releases an advice asking Americans in Russia to exercise increased care. Claims that Russian civilians are in danger might be used to justify military action. According to Peskov, any spark, any unforeseen occurrence, or any intentional provocation might have irreversible effects.