CIA considers accumulation of Russian troops as basis for invasion in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Agency's Director William Burns called the buildup "a serious concern" and suggested it could be "a way of trying to intimidate the Ukrainian leadership"
13:25, 15 April 2021

RBC Ukraine

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency William Burns considers the accumulation of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border as a basis for the Russian intrusion into Ukraine. NPR stated citing a US intelligence report at a hearing in Congress on assessment of worldwide threats.

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Responding to a question about the significance of the Russian troop movements near Ukraine from Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Burns, the CIA director, called the buildup "a serious concern" and suggested it could be "a way of trying to intimidate the Ukrainian leadership."

Related: EU calls on Russia to refrain from steps leading to further escalation in Donbas

"But also the buildup has reached the point where it could be the basis of a limited military incursion," he said.

The official also concluded that Russia was continuing to deploy cyberattacks targeting "critical infrastructure, including underwater cables and industrial control systems, in the United States and in allied and partner countries," the threat assessment said, saying such attacks hones capabilities and demonstrates Moscow's "ability to damage infrastructure during a crisis."

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As it was reported earlier, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba held a phone talk with U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken and informed him about the escalation of the safety situation by Russia at the demarcation line with occupied Donbas and Crimea. Besides, Kuleba underlined the unwillingness of Moscow to confirm its commitment to the ceasefire regime. 


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