President Joe Biden said on Friday afternoon that US intelligence officials believed Russia would invade Ukraine in the next few days and target its capital, Kiev.
“We have reason to believe that Russian troops are planning to attack Ukraine next week and intend to do so,” he said without providing details at the White House. “We believe they will target Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.”
Biden also said officials believed: [Putin]The decision was made to invade Ukraine. He added that the United States would not send troops to Ukraine to fight.
Biden said the alleged Russian push into Ukraine that Ukrainian troops were planning to launch an attack was false.
Such a scenario “is consistent with the excuse scenario that the United States and our allies and partners have warned for weeks,” he continued.
Moscow did not respond immediately, but the Kremlin constantly denied it invading neighboring countries. More than 100,000 Russian troops have been stationed in the area along the Russian-Ukraine border for about a month, and US officials say it has grown to more than 190,000 in the last few days.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Munich Security Council that “we are seeing additional troops heading to the border, including state-of-the-art troops.” “This is Europe’s most important military mobilization since World War II,” US Ambassador Michael Carpenter said at another meeting in Europe.
U.S. officials last weekend and this week warned that Russia would invade imminently, but anonymous sources reported that the attack would begin on February 16.
In a Twitter post, the Russian Foreign Ministry countered the allegations of White House officials.
“All movements of the Russian army take place on the territory of our country. At the same time, we see an increase in western military activity near the border,” he wrote on Friday.
According to Russian state media, Biden’s remarks are made on Friday as several outbursts were reported in the cities of Lugansk and Donetsk in Donbas, located in eastern Ukraine, and controlled by separatist rebel groups. .. Blinken and Western officials allege that Russia is trying to make an excuse to justify the invasion of Ukraine, including the possibility of a false flag operation.
Earlier on Friday, the heads of the two separatist regions announced that they would evacuate their respective regions and send civilians to nearby Russia.
Russian officials said the Lugansk pipeline, which accused the Ukrainian military case, had exploded, state media Sputnik News reported.
But some Donetsk told Reuters that they believed the crisis was exaggerated.
“I think everything will be blown away in a few days,” said a man in his twenties waiting in line to withdraw cash from an ATM.
Ukrainian officials have repeatedly stated that they do not expect Russia to launch a full-scale invasion.On Friday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov Said Despite the US warning, “I presume that a large-scale escalation is unlikely.”
The Epoch Times contacted the Russian Embassy in Washington for comment.
Reuters contributed to this report.