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Ukraine war

Russia poised to launch Ukraine attack in 'coming days': U.S.

Dow sheds 622 points, its biggest drop this year, as tensions flare

Ukrainian service members conduct artillery and anti-aircraft drills near the border with Russian-annexed Crimea on Jan. 28. (Press Service of the Joint Forces Operation/Handout via Reuters)

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine and could launch an offensive in the "coming days," possibly under false pretenses, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.

"This crisis directly affects every member of this council and every country in the world. Because the basic principles that sustain peace and security -- principles that were enshrined in the wake of two world wars and a Cold War -- are under threat," Blinken said after U.S. President Joe Biden ordered him to change his travel plans and head to the U.N.

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