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Russian officials on Wednesday mocked media outlets for running with February 16 as the “invasion date” of a possible Russian attack on Ukraine.
“I’d like to request US and British disinformation: Bloomberg, The New York Times and The Sun media outlets to publish the schedule for our upcoming invasions for the year. I’d like to plan my vacation,” Russian foreign spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in turn that he “slept peacefully” on reports that Russia was going to attack Ukraine at 3 a.m., and in the morning resumed his usual work.
When asked whether Russia had contacts with other countries last night in the wake of reports of an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine, Peskov replied that Moscow is “not used to contact with foreign countries at night.”
Ukraine, for its part, announced today that nothing unexpected is happening on the country’s borders this Wednesday, the day on which, according to some Western media, Russia was preparing to begin an invasion of the country.
Moscow has repeatedly denounced a media “hysteria” about a possible attack on Ukraine and has denied plans of aggression against the neighboring country, on whose borders it has gathered tens of thousands of soldiers for more than two months.
The day before Russia announced that part of the units participating in exercises near the Ukrainian border have begun to return to their permanent locations.