White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned Sunday that Russia could invade Ukraine “any day” and that this would start a conflict with an “enormous human cost”.
The President’s Advisor Joe Biden sent the strong warning a day after US officials confirmed that Russia has assembled at least 70% of the military force that it probably intends to have by the middle of the month to give to the president Vladimir Putin the option of launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
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“If there is war, this will have an enormous human cost for Ukraine, but we believe that based on our preparations and our response, it will also come at a strategic cost to Russia”, Sullivan declared.
While appearing on Sunday talk shows on “Fox News Sunday,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week,” Sullivan He did not directly address reports that the White House has informed lawmakers that a full-scale invasion could result in uA rapid fall of Kiev with the possibility of up to 50,000 victims in just two days.
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US officials outlined a series of indicators that suggest that Putin intends to launch an invasion in the coming weeks, although the size and magnitude are unknown. They stressed that a diplomatic solution still seems possible. The officials spoke about internal government assessments of the case on condition of anonymity.
Notable among these military indicators is the rescheduling from mid-February to March of an exercise by the strategic nuclear forces of Russia which usually takes place every fall. That coincides with what US officials see as the most likely time for the invasion.
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Washington has stepped up warnings in recent days that Moscow seems increasingly determined to invade Ukrainian territory.
Last week, government officials from Biden They said that, according to intelligence information, Russia had engineered a complex plot to engineer an attack by Ukrainian forces that the Kremlin could use as a pretext to take military action against its neighbor.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the plan saw the production of a clean propaganda video that would show staged explosions and the use of dead bodies and actors posing as mourners.
“It could happen tomorrow or it could take a few weeks”Sullivan said, adding that with military uses Putin “He has put himself in a position … to be able to act aggressively against Ukraine at any time.”
Sullivan said the US government is hopeful that the Russians will take steps to de-escalate tensions through diplomatic channels.
“The fundamental thing is that the United States needs and is prepared for any of those contingencies and in tune with our partners and allies”he declared. “We have reinforced our allies on the eastern flank.”
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the administration continues to seek a diplomatic solution, but “at the same time we know the Russians continue to prepare, and we will work to address security issues.”
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