Troops from the UK, US and Ukraine have reportedly gathered at a remote base in Lithuania to plan the treacherous mission
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US special forces and SAS commandos are said to be preparing for a risky rescue of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Troops from the UK, US and Ukraine have reportedly gathered at a remote base in Lithuania to plan the insidious mission.
Russian special units of the Spetsnaz are said to have Zelenskyj in their sights.
But the brave Ukrainian president has already turned down rescue offers, saying “I need ammunition, not a ride,” in response to American forces.
It comes as Zelenskyy confirmed he had spoken to US President Joe Biden and discussed security, financial support and continuing sanctions against Russia.
“As part of the ongoing dialogue, I had another conversation with the President,” Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter.
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Around 70 elite British soldiers and 150 US Navy Seals are training alongside Ukrainian forces for a rescue mission. The sun reports.
“The most likely reasonable option might be to transfer Zelensky from Kyiv, where he could be picked up.
“We have planes but distance is critical,” a senior source said.
It comes as Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions were akin to a declaration of war as his forces stepped up their attack on Ukraine for a 10th day on Saturday.
The Kremlin said the West was acting like a bandit by cutting economic ties, and Putin warned that any attempt to impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine would lead to “disastrous consequences” for the world.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Putin in the Kremlin to discuss the Ukraine crisis and then spoke to Zelenskyy by phone.
Israel has offered to mediate in the conflict.
And refugees continue to pour out of the country, with the number of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion expected to rise to 1.5 million by the end of the weekend, according to the head of the UN refugee agency Help.
“This is the fastest growing refugee crisis we have seen in Europe since the end of World War II,” said UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi.
“The sanctions hit me very hard. Prices have already gone up by 20%… some medicines are already unavailable to buy.
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