Crisis in Ukraine: for Washington, Russia is preparing a large-scale invasion

US Intelligence has not established whether Vladimir Putin made the decision to go on the offensive or not, but he wanted to give himself all possible options.

US Intelligence believes Russia is stepping up preparations for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. According to Washington, it already has 70% of the device necessary for such an operation, according to American officials. Moscow has already massed 110,000 soldiers on Ukraine’s borders and could have sufficient capabilities to launch an offensive in two weeks, these officials said on Sunday February 6, after briefing elected officials in the US Congress and European partners in recent days. the United States.

They said that US Intelligence had not established whether Russian President Vladimir Putin had made the decision to go on the offensive or not, but that he wanted to give himself all possible options, from the partial invasion of the separatist enclave of Donbass to total invasion. At the rate that the Russian military continues to strengthen around Ukraine, the master of the Kremlin should have sufficient forces for a large-scale invasion, or 150,000 men, in mid-February, they warned elected Americans and went European. If the Russian president chooses the most drastic option, he could surround Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, and overthrow President Volodymyr Zelensky in 48 hours, according to these officials.

They warned that the conflict would have a considerable human cost with the risk of causing the death of 25,000 to 50,000 civilians, 5,000 to 25,000 Ukrainian soldiers and 3,000 to 10,000 Russian soldiers. It could also cause an influx of 1 to 5 million refugees, mainly to Poland.

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