As the owner of a central Moscow florist removed the red and white Valentine’s Day balloons decorating his shopfront, pedestrians strolled past enjoying a rare burst of winter sun, a scene in stark contrast to the cries of an impending war between Russia and Ukraine coming from the West.
Russia has amassed over 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine since November, drawing increasing concern from the U.S. and its allies. Tensions reached boiling point this week as Washington claimed to have details of an imminent invasion, and even Russia’s announcement on Tuesday of the withdrawal of some of its forces has failed to calm the situation.
“It’s the same old situation with the Americans,” Dmitry, a 49-year old Muscovite smoking a cigarette outside a metro station, told The Moscow Times with a laugh. “Nothing will happen, and then they’ll go around saying they beat everyone…”
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