The United States has intelligence that Russian troops have received orders to proceed with an invasion of Ukraine, CBS News reported on Feb. 20.
“The intelligence says that Russian troops have actually received orders now to proceed with the invasion. So, not only are they moving up closer and closer to the border and into these attack positions, but the commanders on the ground are making specific plans for how they would maneuver in their sector of the battlefield,” CBS’ National Security Correspondent David Martin told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Also appearing on “Face the Nation,” U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken said that the U.S. believes Russia is “moving forward” with plans to invade.
“We’ve seen that with provocations created by the Russians or separatist forces over the weekend, false flag operations, now the news just this morning that the ‘exercises’ Russia was engaged in Belarus with 30,000 Russian forces that was supposed to end this weekend will now continue because of tensions in eastern Ukraine, tensions created by Russia and the separatist forces it backs there,” Blinken said.
The report comes just days after U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House that he was “convinced” Russian President Vladimir Putin had decided to invade Ukraine
Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov denied any plans for Russia to invade Ukraine, despite Russia amassing roughly 190,000 troops on Ukraine’s three borders.
Antonov told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Russia has a “legitimate right to have our troops where we want on Russian territory.”
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