According to US Intelligence, Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine before the end of the Winter Olympics.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Friday that Russian military forces are “in a position to be able to mount a major military action” and urged American citizens in Ukraine to “leave as soon as possible.”
“We obviously cannot predict the future, we don’t know exactly what is going to happen, but the risk is now high enough and the threat is now immediate enough that leaving is prudent,” he said.
The US and its allies have new intelligence that suggests Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine even before the end of the Olympics, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Previous assessments had suggested that Russia was unlikely to move into Ukraine until after the Olympics end on Feb. 20, US officials had told CNN in the past. The revelation of the new intelligence comes as administration officials have dramatically ramped up the urgency of their public warnings related to Ukraine in the past 24 hours.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine “could begin at any time,” including during the Beijing Winter Olympics, and the United States continues “to see very troubling signs of Russian escalation, including new forces arriving at the Ukrainian border.”
Kyiv is among the targets identified in the Russian planning, three sources familiar with the new intelligence tell CNN.
There are ongoing conversations within the administration about declassifying some of that new intelligence, which two US officials said may come later on Friday.
Just last week, AP reporter Matt Lee called out Biden’s State Department for falsely claiming that Russia is planning a false flag as a pretext to invade Ukraine.
Joe Biden is ready to go to war with Russia to protect Ukraine’s ‘sovereign borders’ even though Ukraine is not a member of NATO.
The Biden State Department is claiming there is intel indicating Russia is going to use crisis actors to carry out a false flag event before invading Ukraine – but AP reporter Matt Lee wasn’t buying any of it and ripped into the Department’s spokesman.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is on his way to Camp David for a weekend vacation:
President Biden boards Marine One en route for Camp David as the US warns a Russian invasion of Ukraine could occur during the Olympics, which ends Feb. 20. pic.twitter.com/g6mp8WXzpX
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) February 11, 2022
Chaos ensued as the White House press briefing was interrupted on Friday afternoon because Joe Biden is heading out to Camp David.