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Russia Planning Massive Military Offensive Against Ukraine Involving 175,000 Troops, U.S. Intelligence Warns

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As tensions mount between Washington and Moscow over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence has found the Kremlin is planning a multi-front offensive as soon as early next year involving up to 175,000 troops, according to U.S. officials and an intelligence document obtained by The Washington Post.

The Kremlin has been moving troops toward the border with Ukraine while demanding Washington guarantee that Ukraine will not join NATO and that the alliance will refrain from certain military activities in and around Ukrainian territory. The crisis has provoked fears of a renewed war on European soil and comes ahead of a planned virtual meeting next week between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The Russian plans call for a military offensive against Ukraine as soon as early 2022 with a scale of forces twice what we saw this past spring during Russia’s snap exercise near Ukraine’s borders,” said an administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information. “The plans involve extensive movement of 100 battalion tactical groups with an estimated 175,000 personnel, along with armor, artillery and equipment.”

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While laying the groundwork for an invasion, the Russian government has also been waging a propaganda campaign, the U.S. administration official said.

“Additionally, in the past month, our information indicates Russian influence proxies and media outlets have started to increase content denigrating Ukraine and NATO, in part to pin the blame for a potential Russian military escalation on Ukraine,” the official said.
“Recent information also indicates that Russian officials proposed adjusting Russia’s information operations against Ukraine to emphasize the narrative that Ukrainian leaders had been installed by the West, harbored a hatred for the ‘Russian world,’ and were acting against the interests of the Ukrainian people.”

In his comments in Latvia, Blinken cautioned the Ukrainians not to give Russia a pretext for military action.
“We’re also urging Ukraine to continue to exercise restraint because, again, the Russian playbook is to claim provocation for something that they were planning to do all along,” he said.

Putin has demanded the United States and its allies provide signed assurances excluding any expansion of NATO to include Ukraine and Georgia and limiting military activity near Russia’s borders, most notably in and around Ukraine.

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki rejected out of hand the idea that Washington would provide a guarantee that Ukraine will not enter NATO.
“NATO member countries decide who is a member of NATO, not Russia,” Psaki told reporters during a White House briefing Friday.



Fuck Putin. In a head-to-head contest, we'd kick his ass.
 

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No head-to-head contests, please. Let Russia have the Ukraine --- God knows it's one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and that's saying something. It can hardly be WORSE off owned by Russia.
 

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Cool, more YouTube combat footage for me to watch.
 

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No head-to-head contests, please. Let Russia have the Ukraine --- God knows it's one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and that's saying something. It can hardly be WORSE off owned by Russia.


EXACTLY! It's an Eastern European affair, let them fight it out.
 

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EXACTLY! It's an Eastern European affair, let them fight it out.
I hope a lot of Americans agree with us. It does look like another Crimea-takeover, and we so can't fight big wars with Russia (or China) in the state of disunity we are in: besides, as you say, Ukraine has nothing to do with our national interest.

I would widen that to Taiwan, too.
 

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What the HELL is in the Ukraine to make the Ruskies go all "Hitler" on them????
 
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No head-to-head contests, please. Let Russia have the Ukraine --- God knows it's one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and that's saying something. It can hardly be WORSE off owned by Russia.
Thank you for your input, Comrade Chamberlain.
 
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No head-to-head contests, please. Let Russia have the Ukraine --- God knows it's one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and that's saying something. It can hardly be WORSE off owned by Russia.
Obstacle in The Biden Crime Family though
 
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If all you can do is call names, I don't need your input anymore. Worthless nothing.
Putin relies on useful idiots like you to weaken the world's resolve to stand against him.
 

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We been posturing against each other since Reagan. LOL

War games to bail out Brandon maybe. lol

Time will tell. Is Europe sending anything other than token troops there again? pfft
 

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If it were China it's clear that Xiden would kow-tow.

Since it's Russial.....

The economy is in tatters. Millions are out of work. Inflation is rampant.

The only cure in the Democrat playbook is WAR!

With war will come a draft - with appropriate exemptions for those learning critical liberal arts skills like basket weaving. Provided it's of the "Native American" variety - a skill that MUST NOT BE LOST!

With that will come the natural follow-on: Capitulation, withdrawal and chest-beating about having won.

But you knew that.....
 

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