Over the past few weeks, the U.S. and its European allies have had intense discussions about what to do if Russia decides to invade Ukraine. 

President Joe Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden warned Putin of potential economic sanctions "like none he's ever seen, should Russian troops on the Ukrainian border launch an attack.

Western countries have also been raising alarms over Russian military activity near Ukraine. 

In mid-November, France warned Russia against the deteriorating security situation in Ukraine after the U.S. and European allies expressed concerns over Russian troop movements.  

Following Biden’s conversation with Putin, Ukraine’s official Twitter account posted a meme that went viral, detailing what it is like to live next to Russia. 

On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded to global concerns surrounding Russia by saying his troops are capable of fighting off a potential attack.

“The servicemen of the armed forces of Ukraine continue to fulfill their most important mission, to defend the freedom and sovereignty of the state from the Russian aggressor,” Zelensky said in a statement, according to Reuters. “The Ukrainian army ... is confident in its strength and able to thwart any conquest plans of the enemy.”

Russia has denied it is preparing for an attack against Ukraine and accused its neighbor of a military buildup. However, Ukraine said Russia has amassed more than 90,000 troops near the border and a recent intelligence document obtained by The Washington Post revealed that Russia is planning to increase the number of troops near the border to 175,000.

More than 14,000 people have lost their lives in seven years of conflict since Russian-backed forces seized large areas of Ukraine's east, BBC News noted.