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Russia is considering a military offensive against Ukraine, which could begin as early as 2022, according to US intelligence officials.
The finding estimates that Moscow plans to use 175,000 troops and nearly half of them are already deployed along various points nearby Ukraineborder, according to an anonymous official of Joe bidenthe administration of.
The official added that plans call for the movement of 100 battalion tactical groups as well as armor, artillery and equipment.
It comes as Mr Biden on Friday pledged to make things “very, very difficult” for Vladimir Poutine to undertake military action in Ukraine.
“We have known about Russia’s actions for a long time and I expect that we will have a long discussion with Putin,” Biden said.
“I don’t accept anyone’s red line.”
U.S. intelligence officials have also observed an increase in Russian propaganda through the use of proxies and the media to disparage Ukraine and NATO ahead of a possible invasion, the White House official said.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have also warned that Russia could invade the New Year.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Friday that the number of Russian troops near Ukraine and in Russia annexed Crimea is estimated at 94,300, warning that a “large-scale escalation” is possible in January.
The Kremlin has previously dismissed Washington’s accusations that it is preparing for an invasion, while the United States has threatened to strike Russia with the toughest sanctions yet if it takes military action against Ukraine .
Russia also resumed its demands on Mr. Biden to ensure that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO and warned the United States that it would respond if Ukraine is drawn into any “geopolitical games“.
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