The ongoing Ukraine crisis took another turn as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in the country to defuse ongoing tension between Russia and Ukraine.

What happened: Blinken arrived in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday in a move aimed to defuse the tension between Moscow and Ukraine, according to BBC News.

  • He warned that Russia could attack Ukraine on “very short notice.”
  • “I strongly, strongly hope that we can keep this on a diplomatic and peaceful path, but ultimately, that’s going to be President Putin’s decision,” he said.

Quotes: Blinken urged western nations Wednesday to unite against Russia’s aggression, according to The Associated Press.

  • “The Ukrainian people chose a democratic and European path in 1991. They took to the Maidan to defend that choice in 2013, and unfortunately ever since you have faced relentless aggression from Moscow,” Blinken said.
  • “Our strength depends on preserving our unity and that includes unity within Ukraine,” he said to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “I think one of Moscow’s long-standing goals has been to try to sow divisions between and within our countries and quite simply, we cannot and will not let them do that.”
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State of play: Russia has amassed troops near Ukraine’s borders, forcing eyes across the country and region to watch what’s unfolding.

  • Moscow has planned joint military drills in Belarus.
  • The Biden administration said it will add an additional $200 million in defensive military aid to Ukraine, per the AP.
  • Russia’s ruble has slumped in value as investors predict the country will face economic sanctions over what’s happening with Ukraine, per Axios.

What’s next: Blinken will finish his visit with Ukraine before he moves on to Berlin and Geneva.

The other side: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday that the U.S could not force Russia to move troops away from the Ukraine border, according to BBC News.

  • “They are on our territory and we won’t be making any changes to their movement because of external pressure,” he said.