American intelligence officers believe that the likelihood of an invasion of Russian troops will increase as the cold weather sets in, this may happen in the next few weeks, if the West does not intervene in the situation, reports CBS
US intelligence officials warned European allies on a potential Russian military invasion of Ukraine, the likelihood of which increases as the temperature falls. This is reported by CBS News, citing unnamed US officials.
“The [Russian invasion of Ukraine] is weather dependent, but could happen within weeks if the West does not intervene,” “mdash; the interlocutors of the broadcaster speak.
CBS notes that on Friday, November 19, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milli, held talks with the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU), General Valery Zaluzhny. They discussed the security situation in Eastern Europe, including data on Russian military activity near Ukraine's borders. Millie, spokesman for the Joint Committee, Colonel Dave Butler, stressed the need to continue consultations between regional allies and reaffirmed US support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Data on US fears about a possible invasion of Ukraine appeared against the background of the migration crisis on the border of Poland and Belarus, writes CBS. The American authorities have not yet determined whether there is any connection between Russia and the situation with refugees on the Polish-Belarusian border, the publication notes. “ We must prepare ourselves for this problem to persist for several months. I have no doubt that it will be so '', & mdash; CBS quotes Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszak.
Earlier, The New York Times, citing sources, reported that US intelligence had warned European allies that there was “ little time left '' to prevent Russia from starting hostilities in Ukraine. According to the interlocutors of the publication, Russia has not yet decided what it will do with the troops, “ which it has gathered at the border of Ukraine. '' However, U.S. intelligence takes the 'invasion' threat seriously. and do not believe that this is a bluff, sources noted.
In October, Western media began to report that Russia was building up its military presence on the border with Ukraine. In particular, The Washington Post wrote about this. American and European officials told the publication that they see “unusual movements of equipment and military personnel on the western flank of Russia.” and began to record this after the completion of the Russian-Belarusian exercises “ West-2021 '', which took place from 10 to 15 September. The article noted that the movement of troops is taking place against the background of the fact that Russia has taken a tougher position in relation to Ukraine, and the conflict in Donbass is “ entering a new stage. ''
В in turn, the Politico newspaper published satellite images. They, presumably, captured the accumulation of tanks of the Russian armed forces near the city of Yelnya in the Smolensk region, about 250 km from the border with Ukraine.
At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated that as of November 1, no buildup was recorded Russian military contingent near the border.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the movement of Russian military equipment and army units across the country & mdash; it is exclusively a matter of Russia, and the latest publications about their appearance near the border of Ukraine are “ not even worth commenting on. ''
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