Russia plans a military offensive against Ukraine, according to US

WASHINGTON (AP) – US intelligence services have determined that Russia is planning a possible military offensive against Ukraine that could begin in early 2022 and target some 175,000 troops, according to a US official.

The new finding estimates that half of the Russian personnel are already deployed at various points near the Ukrainian border, according to President Joe Biden’s administration official who spoke on condition of not being identified to discuss the matter.

The disclosure came as Russia has insisted on its demands on Biden to ensure that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO.

The official added that the plans contemplate the transfer of 100 battalion tactical groups, along with armor, artillery and equipment.

Intelligence officials have also detected an increase in the use of agents and media by Russia to denigrate Ukraine and NATO ahead of a possible invasion, the official added.

The intelligence findings were first reported by The Washington Post.

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