NEW YORK, 23 FEB – Russia is putting the “finishing touches” to its forces for a full invasion of Ukraine. This was stated by the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, in an interview with ABC. “What we have seen in the last 24-48 hours is that Russia is putting the finishing touches on its forces” deployed around “Ukraine’s borders – from the north to the east and to the south – so that they are ready for a full invasion, ”says Blinken. Some airports in Ukraine have been closed. The closure of some airports, including that of Kharkiv, could signal that Kiev is preparing for an attack by Moscow, CNN reports. The rumors follow the speech of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to which Russia has approved the offensive against Ukraine. Zelensky assured that Kiev will fight. A new urgent meeting of the UN Security Council will be held shortly. It was requested by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Ireland and Albania following the request of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. (HANDLE).