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Ukraine president vows to defend country as separatists ask Russia for military help

Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeals to Russian people to help prevent war after request from separatist leaders sets stage for Putin to order troops over border

Ukraine’s president has said Russia has approved an offensive against his country and that Vladimir Putin had not responded to a request for talks, as Moscow appeared to set the stage for an imminent large deployment of troops across the border.

In a 10-minute address posted on Telegram early on Thursday that directly addressed the Russian people as well as Ukrainians, Volodymyr Zelenskiy said: “Today I initiated a phone call with the president of the Russian Federation. The result was silence.”

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