Tensions are mounting between Russia and Ukraine as U.S., NATO and Ukrainian officials have sounded the alarm over the Russian troop buildup near the nations’ shared border. Russia’s head of intelligence has denied any plans to invade Ukraine and said such reports are part of U.S. propaganda efforts. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also said on Friday a group of Ukrainians and Russians is planning a coup against him in the coming days. Meanwhile, residents in Ukraine’s rebel-held east say the ongoing conflict between separatists and government forces is getting worse and that shelling has intensified in recent days.
Tatiana Toloshina: “We hear the shelling. We live in constant fear, because it is impossible. You never know where it’s going and where it will land. It’s scary, and we’ve been living in this fear for many years now. It has been eight years.”