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U.S. predicts Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amid heightened tensions

US President Joe Biden has said Russia will move into Ukraine, but warns that Moscow will pay a “dear price” for a full-scale war with Kiev.

Russia has concentrated an estimated 100,000 troops with tanks and other heavy weapons near Ukraine where the West is concerned that it could signal an invasion. (AP)

US President Joe Biden predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin would move to Ukraine, but warned that a full-scale invasion would cause a large and costly response to Russia and its economy.

“I think he will move in,” Biden said at a press conference Wednesday. “He has to do something.”

Biden said at a press conference to commemorate his first anniversary, saying he does not think Putin has made the final decision, but believes that Russia is preparing to take action against Ukraine. rice field.

He proposed restricting Russia’s access to the international banking system if Russia further invaded Ukraine. Putin does not want a full-scale war with Ukraine. Otherwise, “it will be a disaster for Russia,” Biden said.

“he [Putin] I have never seen the sanctions I promised to impose if he moved. “

Biden said the Russians may eventually win, but their losses are “likely to be heavy.”

Biden also suggested that a “minor invasion” was less responsive than a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, “it is very important to keep everyone at NATO on the same page.”

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“This can easily get out of hand.”

“He is trying to find his place in the world between China and the West,” Biden said of Putin.

“I’m concerned that this can be out of control and very easily out of control because of what the Ukrainian border and Russia may or may not do. There is sex, “he said. “I hope you understand that Vladimir Putin is not in a very good position to rule the world, except for a full-scale nuclear war,” Biden said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke in Kiev on Wednesday, accusing Russia of planning to strengthen more than 100,000 troops deployed along the Ukrainian border, with numbers “in a relatively short order”. It was suggested that it could be doubled.

“Ukraine does not want war”

Also on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Zelensky released a video address to the country, urging Ukrainians not to panic for fear of possible invasion.

“Ukraine doesn’t want war, but it always needs to be prepared for it,” Zelensky said.

Russia occupied the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 after the expulsion of friendly leaders from Moscow, Ukraine, and cast its weight behind the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

In the industrial center of the country called Donbas, more than 14,000 people were killed in about eight years of fighting between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops.

Source: TRT World and distributors



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