Americans estimate that Russia is 70% ready for a

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US intelligence estimates that Russia is stepping up preparations for a large-scale invasion of Ukraine and that it already has 70 percent of the equipment needed for such an operation, according to Washington officials quoted by France-Presse and Agerpres.

Moscow has already deployed 110,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders and may have enough capabilities to launch an offensive in two weeks, according to officials who briefed members of the US Congress and European partners in the United States in recent days.

They said that US intelligence had not determined whether Russian President Vladimir Putin had decided to go on the offensive, but that he wanted to offer all possible options, from the partial invasion of the separatist enclave in Donbas to the invasion. total.

As the Russian military continues to grow around Ukraine, the Kremlin leader is expected to have enough forces in mid-February for a large-scale invasion of 150,000 people, US lawmakers and European allies have warned.

If the Russian president chooses the most radical option, he could surround Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and overthrow President Volodymyr Zelensky within 48 hours, according to those in charge.

They warned that the conflict would have a considerable human cost with the risk of killing 25,000 to 50,000 civilians, 5,000 to 25,000 Ukrainian soldiers and 3,000 to 10,000 Russian soldiers. It could also cause an influx of 1 to 5 million refugees, mainly to Poland.

However, according to US officials quoted by Reuters, Washington believes that Russia can choose options other than a large-scale invasion, including a limited incursion, and does not believe that President Vladimir Putin has made a final decision.

A first contingent of American soldiers arrived in Poland on Saturday, where US President Joe Biden decided to send reinforcements to defend NATO countries “against any aggression”, in full diplomatic ballet meant to convince Moscow to withdraw its troops stationed at the borders Ukraine.

Russia denies any desire in this regard, saying it only wants to guarantee its security, France-Presse writes.