Russia might invade Ukraine ‘any day now,’ nationwide safety adviser says

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Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan stated on Fox Information Sunday that he believes Russia is ready to invade Ukraine, Fox Information reported.

“We’re within the window,” Sullivan stated in response to a query from host Martha MacCallum. “Any day now, Russia might take navy motion in opposition to Ukraine or it might be a few weeks from now, or Russia might select to take the diplomatic path as an alternative.”

President Biden informed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky final month that there was a “distinct risk” Russia might invade in February. Russian tanks and different heavy gear will have the ability to transfer extra simply over frozen floor, so some imagine that if Russian President Vladimir Putin goes to order an invasion, he’ll accomplish that earlier than the spring thaw.

“If conflict breaks out,” Sullivan added, “it can come at an infinite human value to Ukraine, however we imagine … it can come at a strategic value to Russia as effectively.”

The Biden administration warned lawmakers final week that Ukraine might undergo 50,000 civilian casualties if Russia invades and that the capital metropolis of Kyiv might fall to the Russians inside 72 hours.

Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, dismissed this evaluation as “insanity” and “scaremongering.”

Sullivan additionally mentioned potential sanctions in opposition to Russia, which he stated would come with refusing to permit the Nord Stream 2 pipeline — which is able to transport Russian pure fuel from Russia to Germany — to maneuver ahead. He stated the U.S. is taking “steps to make sure that Russia’s makes an attempt to make use of vitality as a weapon get annoyed,” together with “discover[ing] cargoes of liquified pure fuel going elsewhere on the planet and redirect[ing] them to Europe.”

The Biden administration introduced a model of this plan final month.

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