Documents by INTELLIGENCE and US officials indicate that Vladimir Putin is organizing a 175,000-strong offensive against Ukraine as early as January 2022.
American officials in the region have been advised to leave Russia as quickly as possible in order to accumulate troops for a potential conflict.
The Kremlin said Ukraine’s desire to retake Crimea was a “direct threat”.
Russia has deployed more than 700 military sniper equipment in areas near Ukraine, where they are learning to camouflage, fire and fight off the enemy.
Three of the four areas where the massive sniper drills take place share a border with Ukraine.
A Russian military spokesman said: “Soldiers of the combined army sniper units of the Western Military District have begun conducting large-scale drills as part of a training camp in regions of Voronezh, Belgorod, Bryansk and Smolensk.”
Snipers are also practicing both ranged shooting and hand-to-hand combat.
Defense Minister Kyiv Oleksiy Reznikov said intelligence indicates a possible Russian invasion by the end of January.
Mr Putin also ordered US officials to leave Russia immediately amid fears that he was planning to order an invasion of Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said US embassy staff who had been in Moscow for more than three years had been ordered to return home by January 31.
New footage shows Russian tanks maneuvering near the border with Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Wednesday that Putin could quickly order an invasion of Ukraine if he had a reason to do so.
He said that the US is “deeply concerned by evidence that Russia has been planning significant aggressive moves against Ukraine”.
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have escalated in recent weeks, with Moscow mobilizing troops far from its borders with neighboring countries.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told parliament that Crimea – which Moscow seized in 2014 – was Ukrainian territory and that Kiev’s goal was to ‘liberate’ it, focusing on diplomatic solutions.
KIEV FIGHTS BACK
Addressing parliament, Zelensky said that the return of Crimea should be the main goal and philosophy of Ukraine.
“We see this as a direct threat to Russia,” he said.
“Such wording of course means that the Kiev regime intends to use all available means – including force – to invade a Russian region.
“This is how we’re leaning towards perceiving it.”
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said an invasion of Ukraine would require a response, while Blinken warned of “high-impact sanctions”.
“Anything we do will be done as part of the international community,” says Austin.
“However, the best case scenario is that we won’t see the Soviet Union infiltrate Ukraine.”
Austin also stated that any US response to Russia’s actions towards Ukraine would be done together with the international community.
Blinken has warned Moscow to withdraw its troops from the border, saying a Russian invasion would make sanctions hit Moscow harder than ever.
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