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World US sees signs Russia plans Ukraine invasion in early 2022

09:08  04 december  2021
09:08  04 december  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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  The Russian Public Is Being Primed for Another of Putin’s Wars Domestic propagandists and state TV pundits are promoting the idea of an inevitable confrontation with the West as Russia’s military posture grows increasingly hostile, causing major concern for its nearest neighbors and NATO. Ukraine remains the crown jewel for the Kremlin and the Russian public is being primed for the intended absorption of more territories under the umbrella of the Russian Federation, while NATO is being accused of fomenting the potential escalation. © Provided by The Daily Beast Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS “World War III is knocking at our door,” warned one top propagandist.

U.S. officials believe Russia is planning a multi-front military invasion of Ukraine, involving as many as 175,000 troops, as soon as early 2022, Fox News has confirmed.

A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that details outlined in a report Friday night by The Washington Post are in line with the thinking of U.S. intelligence officials.

The U.S. is taking recent signaling from the Kremlin very seriously, and does not consider the matter a bluff, Fox News was told.

Russia already has about 100,000 troops stationed along its border with Ukraine, the defense official said.

When asked about the report Friday, President Biden vowed the U.S. would make it "very, very difficult" for Russian President Vladimir Putin to carry out the plan, The Associated Press reported.

"If the consequences of" NATO warns Moscow against an attack on Ukraine

 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Russia has warned against violence against Ukraine. The German government in solidarity with Ukraine. © Photo: Olivier Matthys / AP / dpa Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, speaking in Brussels at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. Russian troop movements on the border with Ukraine are continuing to violent tensions. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Moscow on Friday before an attack on Ukraine.

NATO CHIEF WARNS RUSSIA AGAINST INVADING UKRAINE

"We’ve been aware of Russia’s actions for a long time and my expectation is we’re gonna have a long discussion with Putin," Biden told reporters later, as he prepared to leave Washington for a weekend visit to the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland.

In earlier comments, Biden told reporters that his administration had new initiatives planned that were intended to deter Russian aggression, according to the AP.

"What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be, will be, the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he may do," Biden said.

According to the Post report, the planned Ukraine offensive for 2022 would involve about double the number of Russian troops that participated in a military exercise near the Ukraine border last spring.

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"The plans involve extensive movement of 100 battalion tactical groups with an estimated 175,000 personnel, along with armor, artillery and equipment," a Biden administration official who requested anonymity told the newspaper.

The Post reported that it had obtained an unclassified U.S. intelligence document that included satellite images and gatherings of Russian troops at four locations that U.S. officials viewed as evidence of a planned offensive.


Video: Biden says he is crafting a plan for Russia-Ukraine crisis (Reuters)

During a trip to Europe earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. had detected "evidence that Russia has made plans for significant aggressive moves against Ukraine," the Post reported.

The Post’s Biden administration source told the newspaper that officials in Washington had become alarmed earlier his year by a sudden mobilization of Russian reserve troops and a perceived escalation in Moscow’s rhetoric regarding Ukraine.

NATO, Russia spar as foreign ministers meet in Latvia

  NATO, Russia spar as foreign ministers meet in Latvia Two-day meeting in Riga comes as concerns mount in Kyiv and Western capitals over Russian troop build-up near Ukraine.The United States-headed group has been concerned by Moscow’s massing of troops at the frontier with Ukraine in recent weeks, the second such build-up this year.

In remarks this week, one day before meeting with his Russian counterpart, Blinken claimed Putin was preparing to have the ability to quickly invade Ukraine, whether he planned to or not – and said the U.S. needed to be ready either way.

"We must prepare for all contingencies," Blinken said, according to the Post.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who met with Blinken in Sweden, pointed to U.S. military equipment and activity getting closer to Russia’s borders.

"The nightmare scenario of military confrontation is returning," Lavrov said, according to the Post.

The Russian official also warned Washington that any sanctions intended

Lavrov’s comments echoed frequent concerns raised by Putin about U.S. and NATO activity near Russia. The Russian president has called for the West to "rule out any further eastward expansion of NATO and the deployment of weapons systems posing a threat to us in close proximity to Russia’s territory."

Biden quickly dismissed Putin’s demands when asked about them Friday, the AP reported.

"I don’t accept anyone’s red line," the president said.

Lead 1-Ukraine-The US threaten Russia of penalties in case of offensive

 Lead 1-Ukraine-The US threaten Russia of penalties in case of offensive NATO-Russia / Ukraine (Lead 1, Photo, TV): Lead 1-Ukraine-the US threaten Russia of sanctions in case of Offensive (Updated all of the long with returns and additional items) by Sabine Siebold and Humeyra Pamuk Riga, December 1st (Reuters) - The United States has urged Russia Wednesday to withdraw its troops massaged at the Ukrainian border, the consideration An invasion of Ukraine would generate sanctions that would hit Moscow with more severity than those decided in the past by Washington.

In late November, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia that any attempt to invade Ukraine would be costly for Moscow.

"If Russia uses force against Ukraine that will have costs, that would have consequences," Stoltenberg said ahead of a meeting of NATO’s foreign ministers in Latvia, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. He did not say what those costs would be.

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Biden’s personal history involving Ukraine includes his admitted role in the ouster of Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in 2016, when Biden was vice president.

It was former President Donald Trump’s later inquiries into Ukraine involvement by Biden and son Hunter Biden that eventually led House Democrats to impeach Trump over a phone call with a Ukraine leader. The Senate later acquitted Trump in that impeachment case and another separate impeachment that followed.

Critics say the Obama administration was caught flat-footed in 2014 when Russia invaded Ukraine soon after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Fox News' Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this story.

In Biden-Putin talks, key question is Russia's intent in Ukraine .
When Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet virtually on Tuesday the two presidents will have to negotiate a history of mutual suspicion as they take up the urgent issue of a major Russian military buildup on the Ukraine border. What if the virtual meeting between the rival leaders goes poorly on Tuesday? If Russia fails to obtain the accommodations it seeks, and all efforts at diplomacy fail, said Conley, her sense is that "Mr. Putin would then use military means to achieve his political objective.

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