Western intelligence pointed out the buildup of Russian military assets near the Ukrainian border. Currently, there are up to 120,000 soldiers and officers of the armed forces of the Russian Federation there. The intelligence agencies' top official announced such data to the DPA agency, DW reports.
The source added that the specified number does not take into account militants in ORDLO (temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine). It is estimated that there are about 35,000 of them there.
The intelligence agencies predict that Moscow will continue to build up its military presence near the Ukrainian border. It is estimated that there are currently about 60 battalion tactical groups (600-1000 men each) there.
Context. The United States believes that Russia is ready to attack Ukraine at any moment. One possible option is an invasion during Russian-Belarusian military exercises.
Great Britain shares the opinion of the United States. The country's authorities stressed that the Kremlin had a plan for a blitzkrieg, during which Kyiv could be seized. Meanwhile, the country believes that this scenario can still be averted.
The Ukrainian authorities state that the situation is under control and Ukrainians have no reason to panic.