A U.S. intelligence document has reported that Russia is currently positioning 175,000 troops along its border for what appears to be a swift invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian force that is lining up is larger than the force that hit the beaches in Normandy on D-Day.
The intel document shows the Russian troops are positioned in four strategic locations. Tanks and heavy artillery continue to be brought in, and there are fifty battlefield tactical groups that have been deployed.
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.”via The Washington Post
Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned there will be severe consequences for Russia if they invade Ukraine, including high-impact economic measures.
Biden said last week he is putting together measures to “make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he may do.”
The Post stated Russia’s strategy seemed designed to force a quick surrender by Ukraine.
In 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine with very little consequences, seizing Crimea. Russia claims Ukraine is rightfully its sphere of influence, even though Ukraine declared its independence in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.