Kyiv: President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called on the West to avoid creating "panic" in the face of the Russian troop buildup on Ukraineinfo-icon's border.

"We don't need this panic," Zelensky told a news conference with foreign mediainfo-icon.

He pointed to the need to "stabilize" Ukraine's already battered economyinfo-icon as he insisted he saw no greater threat now than during a similar massing of Russian troops last spring.

"Because of all these signals that tomorrow there will be warinfo-icon, there are signals even from respected leaders of states, they just say that tomorrow there will be war. This is panic -- how much does it cost for our state?," he asked.

The attempts by the Ukrainian leader to tamp down tensions come as some Western allies -- spearheaded by the United Statesinfo-icon -- have warned of a potentially imminent invasion by Moscowinfo-icon.

"The greatest risk for Ukraine... is the destabilization of the situation inside the country," Zelensky said.

The West says Russiainfo-icon has deployed over 100,000 troops and heavy armour along Ukraine's borders and threatened massive sanctions if the Kremlin stages an incursion.

The USinfo-icon, Britaininfo-icon and Australiainfo-icon recently angered Kyiv by ordering the families of diplomats to leave their embassies in Ukraine.

Ukraine has been fighting a conflictinfo-icon with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country since 2014 that has cost over 13,000 lives. Moscow seized the Crimea peninsula the same year.