It was gathered that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “could begin at any time”– US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. President Joe Biden said, “American citizens should leave now”. “The number of (Russian) troops is going up, while the warning time is going down” — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
In Kyiv, it was said that many embassies are advising their citizens to pack their bags and leave as fresh shipments of military aid including pallets of US-made Javelin anti-tank missiles –that has arrived on the tarmac in Ukraine.
But in Moscow, it was stated that at swish Café Pushkin, it’s still possible to get a late booking although it’s a bit harder to get a table at another prime people-watching venue, Dr. Zhivago, that it’s a stone’s throw from Red Square.
That’s not to suggest the Ukraine crisis is not front and center in Russia.