Over the course of the last several weeks, there has been but one question on the mind of the international community: Will Russia invade Ukraine? The Kremlin has repeatedly said that there are no plans to invade the tiny, resource-rich nation, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin has smugly suggested that the west was speaking outside of their level of understanding on the subject.
But actions speak louder than words, particularly the words of an authoritarian brat like Vladimir Putin. Placing hundreds of thousands of troops on the border of Ukraine and then having your media mouthpieces threaten the rest of the world with nuclear war if they try to stop you are both rather large pieces of evidence that no amount of Kremlin chit-chat is going to erase.
And now, just as a new week is set to begin, US intelligence officials have intercepted orders from the Kremlin for the invasion of Ukraine to proceed.
The U.S. has picked up intelligence showing that Russian military officials were given an order to go ahead with an invasion of Ukraine, a U.S. official and another person with knowledge of the matter told NBC News.
The intelligence, which was developed very recently, informed President Joe Biden’s startling declaration Friday that the U.S. believes President Vladimir Putin has already decided to invade, the people said.Trending:
The U.S. then witnessed Russian military units taking steps to carry out the order in preparation for an invasion, further bolstering the assessment that Putin could strike at any time, they added.
Biden was certain.
“As of this moment, I’m convinced he’s made the decision. We have reason to believe that,” Biden said at the White House on Friday. Asked how the U.S. knew, he said only: “We have a significant intelligence capability.”
Previous intelligence not yet made public laid out a number of steps that would occur prior to the invasion of Ukraine, and the Biden administration has suggested that each and every one of those steps has occurred as planned, meaning that an invasion is imminent.