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US intelligence awaits Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022

Tensions have started to rise in recent weeks, with the rumor of a new attack on Ukraine by Russia, accused of having concentrated around 94,000 soldiers on the border.

The US secret services have determined that Russian planning for a possible military offensive against Ukraine is ongoing and could take place in early 2022, according to an administration official quoted by The Washington Post.

The secret services’ new discovery estimates that half of the Russian personnel are already deployed along various points near the Ukrainian border, according to a Biden administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official added that the plans call for the movement of 100 battalion tactical groups, along with armor, artillery and equipment.

Intelligence officials also saw a breakthrough in using Russian media in intelligence operations to denigrate Ukraine and Nato ahead of a potential invasion, the official said.

US President Joe Biden said on Friday that he is preparing a “package of initiatives” to protect Ukraine from an eventual Russian attack.

Biden says he is in “permanent contact” with US and Ukrainian allies in the event of an escalation of military tension on Ukrainian borders.

“I am preparing what will be, I believe, a complete set of initiatives that will make Putin’s intentions very difficult”, explained Biden, referring to the eventual war plans of the Russian President.

The US President and his Russian counterpart will discuss in the coming days the situation on the borders of Ukraine, seven years after the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the occupation of the east of the former Soviet republic by pro-Moscow separatist forces.

Tensions have started to rise in recent weeks, with the rumor of a new attack on Ukraine by Russia, accused of having concentrated around 94,000 soldiers on the border.

To alleviate the situation, Moscow asks for “security guarantees” and, in particular, the guarantee that NATO will not continue to expand its area of ​​influence in Eastern Europe, namely with the possibility of Ukraine joining the Atlantic Alliance.

Kiev, however, categorically refuses to abandon the NATO membership application – which was formalized in 2008 – asking the allies to reject the conditions imposed by Moscow for a pacification in the region.

Source: with agencies

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