February 24, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Commanders at the Pentagon have tracked the movements of Russian forces around the Ukrainian border. They said on Wednesday that those forces are ready to invade.
2.The Kremlin says the leaders of pro-Russian breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine have asked President Vladimir Putin to help in “repelling the aggression” by Ukrainian armed forces and prevent a humanitarian disaster.
3.Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has reacted to the Russian President Vladmir Putin’s announcement that his country’s troops will conduct what he called a “special military operation” in eastern Ukraine.