US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the administration has information that Russia could launch an invasion of Ukraine as early as next week during the Beijing Olympics. Sullivan stated this during a briefing broadcast by CNBC.
“It could start around the time of the Olympics, despite a lot of speculation that it won’t happen until after the Olympics,” Sullivan said.
At the same time, according to him, the United States “does not have confidence” that “Putin has made a decision” to start an invasion of the country.
Earlier, journalists from NBC and PBS reported that Russia would allegedly begin an invasion of Ukraine as early as next week.
“The US believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine and informed the Russian military of this decision, three Western and military officials told me. The US expects the invasion to begin next week, six US and Western officials told me,” wrote PBS journalist Nick Shifrin on Twitter.
Earlier today, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Russia had sent additional military forces to its border with Ukraine, an invasion could begin at any time, including during the Beijing Winter Olympics. “We continue to see very troubling signs of Russian escalation, including new military forces arriving at the Ukrainian border,” the Secretary of State said.
Today, the Ukrainian side demanded clarification from Russia about military activities on the border of countries. The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia has 48 hours to send an official response. Kuleba stressed that if Russia does not provide a response, or if it seems “insufficient”, Ukraine will turn to other countries participating in the Vienna Document to convene an emergency meeting. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has not yet announced the receipt of the relevant document.
Since the autumn of last year, Western countries have attributed plans of military aggression against Ukraine to Russia. The American command claims that Russia has concentrated more than 100,000 of its troops near the border with Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly said that they are not going to attack anyone and move troops at their own discretion on their territory. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the country was forced to send troops to the Ukrainian borders due to the “unfriendly atmosphere” created by NATO exercises and the advancement of the alliance’s infrastructure to Russian borders.