Ukraine says it has uncovered plot for coup next week

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Ukraine says it has uncovered plot for coup next week

KYIV, Nov 26, Reuters - Ukraine has uncovered a plot for an attempted coup due to take place next week, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday at a press conference in which he spoke of a threat of military escalation from Russia.

We have big internal challenges, not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation. On December 1, Zelenskiy said that a coup d'etat will take place in our country.

Zelenskiy did not give details of the coup attempt and did not accuse the Russian state of involvement.

Russia has been building up forces near its border with Ukraine, and Kyiv, the United States and NATO have expressed concerns about a possible Russian attack - a suggestion that the Kremlin has dismissed as false and alarmist.

Moscow and Kyiv blamed each other for the rising tensions in the last few weeks, raising fears that a long-running conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists could erupt into renewed open warfare.

Zelenskiy said that we are fully prepared for any escalation and that we are in full control of our borders.