Ukrainian officials have expressed concern over the concentration of Russian troops and equipment on Ukraine’s borders and said it could lead to a new invasion.
The broadcaster Bloomberg reported on Monday that US intelligence had handed over intelligence material to NATO members in connection with Russia’s possible invasion of Ukraine. According to them, in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, it will be implemented in three directions – from Russia, from the occupied Crimea and from Belarus. About 100,000 Russian soldiers would take part in the attack.
According to CNN, the US is discussing an aid package for Ukraine, which could include new anti-tank missiles “Javelin”. Stinger’s air defense systems are being considered, as well as equipment that was to be sent to Kabul before the US left Afghanistan, including Mi-17 helicopters.
However, the Baiden administration is not united on this issue. Some officials believe that the sending of the Stinger system and helicopters to Ukraine could be seen by Russia as a major escalation.
Meanwhile, US officials are discussing a new package of sanctions with European leaders that would take effect if Russia carried out a new invasion of Ukraine, CNN confirmed close sources said.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that the administration had been in contact with allies in Europe, “including Ukraine,” in recent weeks. She also confirmed that the US had discussed Ukraine-US relations with Russian officials.