World awaits Vladimir Putin’s next move

Meanwhile, Russia has accused the UK and US of a propaganda campaign and insisted it was ready to continue talks with the West.

This guide, which is free to read, explains in simple terms how the crisis reached this point – and what could come next. More questions? Join our webinar and put them to Telegraph experts.

Russia has surrounded Ukraine on three sides – in Crimea to the south, along the Russian border to the east, and in Belarus to the north – giving it various options for attack. These are five of the approaches it could take. yet justin hugglerour correspondent in Berlin, says there are still plenty of ways for Mr Putin to claim victory without going to war.

‘USA’s darkest hour’

Today’s developments came amid signs of division among Nato allies, as Ben Wallace, the Defense Secretary, suggested there was a “whiff of Munich in the air”, referring to the appeasement of Nazi Germany before the Second World War. The remarks were interpreted by some as a swipe at Emmanuel Macron, the French president, and German chancellor Olaf Scholz, who have faced criticism for adopting a conciliatory approach to Russia. But Jeremy Blackan ex-history professor, argues the Munich comparison is perhaps not that wide of the mark. Colonel Richard Kemp, a former infantry commander, observes that the European Union splintered as soon as it faced a real threat. Arguing that the bloc faces the worst refugee crisis it has ever been seen if Ukraine is invaded, he describes it as “the EU’s darkest hour”. and Tim Stanley laments that “the self-hating West is losing the will to survive.”

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Life in the line of fire

Warnings of an imminent invasion are extraordinary and terrifying. But, after eight years of conflict, weary Ukrainian citizens living in the likely path of a Russian invasion are seemingly unfazed – and carrying on as normally as possible. From the villages close to where Russian troops have massed to the cafes of Kyiv, life goes on. Reporting from Berdyansk for this dispatch, senior foreign correspondent Roland Oliphant speaks to those apparently undaunted by the West’s alerts of an apocalypse.

Comment and analysis

Around the world: Mauritius raises Chagos Islands flag

Mauritius has formally challenged Britain’s ownership of the Chagos Islands. Jagdish Koonjul, the Mauritian ambassador to the UN, raised the country’s flag today as Mauritian officials sang the nation’s national anthem. “We are performing the symbolic act of raising the flag as the British have done so many times to establish colonies,” said Mr Koonjul. “We, however, are reclaiming what has always been our own.” Read how the Chagos Islands have been at the center of a decades-long dispute.

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