High-stakes call today between Biden and Putin

Countries around the world are pulling their diplomatic personnel from Kyiv as Russia’s buildup of offensive air, land and sea firepower near Ukraine has reached the point where it could invade on short notice

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February 12, 2022 - 8:31 AM

President Joe Biden (Alex Wong/Getty Images/TNS)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are to hold a high-stakes telephone call on Saturday as tensions over a possibly imminent invasion of Ukraine escalated sharply and the U.S. announced plans to evacuate its embassy in the Ukrainian capital.

Before talking to Biden, Putin is to have a call with French President Emmanuel Macron, who met with him in Moscow earlier in the week to try to resolve the crisis.

Russia has massed well over 100,000 troops near the Ukraine border and has sent troops to exercises in neighboring Belarus, but insistently denies that it intends to launch an offensive against Ukraine.

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