intelligence reports from U.S maintain that Russia is intensifying preparations for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine and now it has deployed 70% of the forces it would need for such an attack, US officials told Congress and their allies.
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Russia has grouped 110,000 soldiers along its border with Ukrainebut US intelligence has not determined whether the president Vladimir Putin It really has already decided to invade, according to what has been pointed out by members of intelligence agencies who have held briefings in recent days with legislators and representatives of European allies.
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Officials warned lawmakers that the Russian force assembled at the border with Ukraine it is growing at a rate that would give Putin the strength needed for a full-scale invasion, amassing some 150,000 troops by mid-February.
They noted that Putin wants to have all possible options at his disposal: from a limited invasion of Ukraine’s pro-Russian Donbas region to a full-scale full invasion of the neighboring country.
Russia has repeatedly denied that it is planning to invade Ukraine.
For US intelligence, yes Russia opt for a full-scale attack, the invading force could take the capital, Kiev, and overthrow President Volodymyr Zelensky within 48 hours.
Such an attack would leave 25,000 to 50,000 civilians dead, along with 5,000 to 25,000 Ukrainian soldiers and 3,000 to 10,000 Russian soldiers as casualties. It could also trigger a flood of refugees of one to five million people, mainly to Poland, officials alleged.
A first contingent of US soldiers arrived in Poland on Saturday, where US President Joe Biden has decided to send forces to protect NATO member states from what he calls any possible aggression, while diplomats work furiously to try to persuade Russia to withdraw its troops from the border with Ukraine.
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