Jan 24, 2022 - World

In photos: Behind the frontlines in Ukraine

An Ukrainian Serviceman of the 30th Army Brigade are seen outside of Svitlodarsk, Ukraine on January 23.
A Ukrainian Army member and a dog near Svitlodarsk, Ukraine, on Jan. 23. Photo: Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Ukrainian officials told Reuters on Sunday they're taking "seriously" a U.K. government allegation that Russia's government is seeking to possibly invade Ukraine and install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv.

The big picture: The Kremlin has denied the U.K. claim, but as Russia continues to amass forces on all sides of Ukraine's border and the U.S. prepares to evacuate families and nonessential staff from the American Embassy in Kyiv this week, Ukrainian soldiers and volunteer fighters are preparing for possible clashes with Russian forces.

 Ukrainian Servicemen of the 30th Army Brigade are seen outside of Svitlodarsk, Ukraine on January 23.
A member of Ukraine's 30th Army Brigade in the Svitlodarsk region on Jan. 23. Photo: Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
 A Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman, watches through spyglass in a dugout on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Gorlivka, Donetsk region on January 23.
A Ukrainian Military Forces member watches through spyglass in a dugout on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near the Gorlivka, Donetsk region on Jan. 23. Photo: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images
Ukrainian Servicemen of the 30th Army Brigade are seen outside of Svitlodarsk, Ukraine on January 23.
A Ukrainian member of the 30th Army Brigade near Svitlodarsk on Jan. 23. Photo: Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Ukrainian Servicemen of the 30th Army Brigade are seen outside of Svitlodarsk, Ukraine on January 23.
A member of Ukraine's 30th Army Brigade in Svitlodarsk. Photo: Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Ukrainian Servicemen of the 30th Army Brigade are seen outside of Svitlodarsk, Ukraine on January 23.
Ukrainian members of the 30th Army Brigade outside of Svitlodarsk on Jan. 23. Photo: Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Civilian participants in a Kyiv Territorial Defence unit train on a Saturday in a forest on January 22, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Civilian participants in a Kyiv Territorial Defence unit train in a forest on Jan. 22 in Ukraine's capital. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Civilian participants in a Kyiv Territorial Defence unit train on a Saturday in a forest on January 22, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The Kyiv Territorial Defense unit of civilians practice using guns in the Kyiv forest Jan. 22. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
 A Ukrainian soldier points his rifle from the frontline in Zolote, Ukraine on January 20.
A Ukrainian soldier points his rifle from the frontline in Zolote, Ukraine, on Jan. 20. Photo: Wolfgang Schwan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
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