The intelligence services of USA have determined that Russia is planning a possible military offensive against Ukraine It could start in early 2022 and would include some 175,000 troops, according to a US official.
SIGHT: Ukraine says Russia accumulates 94,000 troops on border and fears “major escalation”
The new finding calculates that half of the Russian personnel are already deployed at various points near the border with Ukraine, according to the president’s government official Joe Biden who spoke on condition of not being identified to discuss the matter.
The revelation was made at a time when Russia has insisted on its demands on Biden to ensure that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO..
SIGHT: Biden says he is preparing measures to protect Ukraine from a Russian attack
The official added that the plans contemplate the transfer of 100 battalion tactical groups, along with armor, artillery and equipment.
Intelligence officials have also detected an increase in the use of agents and the media by Russia to denigrate Ukraine Yet the OTAN before a possible invasion, the official added.
The intelligence findings were first reported by The Washington Post.
Hours before Friday, Biden warned that it will be “very, very difficult” for Russian President Vladimir Putin to launch a military operation in Ukraine., as the US government is preparing a series of initiatives to prevent Russian aggression.
Biden he issued the warning amid growing concerns over the accumulation of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and increasingly bellicose rhetoric from the Kremlin.
“What I’m doing is preparing what I think is the broadest and most significant set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to proceed to do what people fear he will do.”, manifested Biden to reporters.
The Kremlin reported on Friday that Putin will ask for binding guarantees that prevent the incorporation of Ukraine to OTAN during a phone call you will have with Biden, while Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov warned that Russia could invade his country next month.
Reznikov told lawmakers on Friday that the number of Russian elements near Ukraine and in Crimea is estimated at 94,300, warning that a “major escalation” is possible in January.
There are signs that the White House and the Kremlin are close to arranging a conversation next week between Biden and Putin. Putin’s foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Friday that arrangements have been made for a conversation between the two in the coming days, adding that the date will be announced once details are finalized by Washington and Moscow. The Russians say the date has already been agreed, but declined to say when.
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