Kyiv, Ukraine: Situation remains tensed in Ukraine over the impending attack by Russia with an action of plan of invading the country, despite reports on Putin reducing the military build-up at border, pushing both the US intelligence and the countrymen to guess for the next.
US intelligence sources, closely monitoring the situation, reportedly said that "Putin's invasion force would be unleashed on Ukraine".
Meanwhile, the Russian announcement on Tuesday that some troops were being withdrawn from the border appeared to make that maximal outcome less likely, though the Ukrainian government is not relaxing yet.
However, locals spent time keeping a finger crossed for peace, as well as bracing themselves for an imminent aerial blitz.
Except for commercial flights, the sky over Capital Kyiv had no flight activity, according to The Sun.
Much as a blitzkrieg by Russia cannot be gainsaid, Russia reportedly pulled back around 10,000 troops.
Troop withdrawals took place along its Western and Southern flanks.
That said, reports point to 130,000 troops stationed at Ukraine's eastern and southern borders plus 40,000 pro-Putin forces in Belarus to the north.
Alongside, as many as 30,000 pro-Russian separatists were confronting Ukraine forces in Donbas enclave, the report says.
Kyiv yesterday braced for the Russian assault by positioning anti-aircraft systems alongside convoys of National Guard vehicles.
"We cannot take anything that Russia says or does at face value. We have to prepare to defend ourselves." A military source reportedly said.
High placed intelligent sources gave prescient warning of a possible Russian attack from multiple points, pinning down on areas over Ukraine's Southern, eastern and northern regions.
UK intelligence sources cautioned that a Russian invasion of Ukraine as highly likely, which could prove to be the biggest threat to security in Europe since World War II.
However, Kremlin played down the warnings of an invasion on Wednesday, dubbing it as "baseless hysteria", aimed only at whipping up tensions in Europe.
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, said Russian leader Putin wouldn't want to see tensions further escalating via "information campaigns", and would soon want Russia and the West calmly discussing concerns.
Denying reports of invading Ukraine, Russia pointed to an unspecified "military-technical "action in the event of a slew of demands is unmet.
Adding to the chorus of voices against a Russian invasion, UK authorities wanted an all-out withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukraine border in order to believe Moscow has no plans for invasion.
Voicing concerns, Nato's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said that no sign of de-escalation on the ground from the Russian side.
He said, "Russia has amassed a fighting force in and around Ukraine unprecedented since the Cold War. Everything is now in place for a new attack.
"But Russia still has time to step back from the brink, stop preparing for war and start working for a peaceful solution." He said.
Meanwhile, Ukraine patted its back over its "successful" diplomatic efforts with Western allies.
"We and our allies have managed to prevent Russia from any further escalation," Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz huddled with Putin in Moscow for crisis talks. The German leader reportedly cautioned the Russian leader of far-reaching sanctions if Ukraine was invaded.
The German chancellor, as well as driving home the message from the West, gave leeway to Russia offering open dialogue about Russia's security concern—however the leader stood his ground regarding sanction on Russian in the event of invading Ukraine. High Alert across Ukraine as Russia was imminent to invade the nation with missile blitz.