(Source : Breaking Defense – Andrew Eversden) – Top Army officer warns of ‘terrible impact’ from Russian posture near Ukraine

The Kremlin could be preparing a multi-front invasion of Ukraine early next year, US intelligence reportedly says.

REAGAN NATIONAL DEFENSE FORUM: The US Army’s top officer said today that he is “very, very concerned” about the Russian military buildup along the Ukrainian border, following reports that the Kremlin is preparing for an invasion of the former Soviet state early next year.

US intelligence has found the Kremlin is planning a multi-front offensive early next year, involving up to 175,000 troops, according to a report Friday by The Washington Post. The report says that the US believes 70,000 Russian soldiers are already near the border, while Ukraine officials estimate the figure to be 94,000.

“That gives a lot of options to the Russians,” said Army Chief of Staff James McConville, speaking at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum. (…)

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