For weeks, the world has watched in abject horror as Russia continues to amass enormous fighting forces on the borders of Ukraine – a nation that has long been a target of Kremlin aggression.
The global community has warned Moscow that any move against Ukraine would result in a heavy-handed retaliation, not only from NATO and the G-7, but unilaterally from the United States as well.
And, while Vladimir Putin continues to obfuscate the situation by simply suggesting that the Western World doesn’t quite understand what’s going on, his military might grows. The White House now believes that Russia could invade the tiny, resource-rich nation any day.
A Russian invasion of Ukraine could be imminent, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned on Sunday.
“We are in the window,” Sullivan said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” “Any day now, Russia could take military action against Ukraine or it could be a couple of weeks from now, or Russia could choose to take the diplomatic path instead.”Trending:
Sullivan appeared on several morning news programs to discuss the ongoing situation in Eastern Europe.
The volume of Russian assets now in place has sparked renewed concerns.
His appearances come after two U.S. officials said Russia has in place about 70% of the combat power it believes it would need for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The number of battalion tactical groups in the border region has risen to 83 from 60 as of Friday and 14 more are in transit, according to Reuters.
“We believe that the Russians have put in place the capabilities to mount a significant military operation into Ukraine and we have been working hard to prepare a response,” Sullivan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Sullican would go on to suggest that the United States is preparing for a number of different angles of Russian aggression, including an attempted annexation of the Donbass region of Ukraine, or a massive Kremlin-instigated cyber attack.