Ukraine news – live: Russian naval buildup in Black sea raises alarm as German chancellor flies to Kiev

A large naval build up near the Black and Mediterranean seas is posing another threat to Ukraine near Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Andrii Klymenko of Ukraine’s Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies said 12 landing ships had appeared in the Black Sea on Friday, and called it “an unprecedented Russian naval presence” that hasn’t been since the Cold War ended three decades ago.

Amid international diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions, German chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to fly to Kiev to meet Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The visit is meant to show solidarity and help avert a war.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to hold further crisis talks with world leaders in a bid to bring Russia “back from the brink” of war with Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Asian shares registered a steep fall on Monday amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine as oil prices soared to a seven-year-high.

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