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Soaring tensions as Russia appears more likely by the day to invade Ukraine.
Russian troops and tanks have been massing on its borders with Ukraine for months.
The US and UK are removing non-essential staff and the US has eight-and-a half-thousand-personnel on standby to intervene.
Canberra University International Law Professor Sascha-Dov Bachmann told Heather Du Plessis-Allan it risks snowballing into a major crisis.
“I think the worst-case scenario would be that we would see extreme use of force, Russia could, for example, try to take the strategic Port of Odessa.”