According to US officials, Russia has started relocating military helicopters to the Ukrainian border. At the same time, they note that the pullout of Russian troops has slowed down, but there are still about 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border.
“Attack and transport helicopters, along with ground attack fighter jets, would be a critical Russian advantage, should Mr. Putin decide to invade Ukraine,” The NYT stated.
At the same time, senior representatives of the US presidential administration stress that a possible offensive could be postponed until February if severe frosts hit. Because it is easier to move heavy equipment on the frozen ground.
Besides, according to The NYT, since December 27, the US Air Force regularly flies RC-135 Rivet Joints over Ukraine for electronic eavesdropping. These planes allow listening to messages from Russian commanders.
As we reported, Russia assured the US at talks in Geneva that it has no plans to invade Ukraine and sees no grounds for escalation.
We remind that the first round of US-Russia talks concluded in Geneva on the evening of January 9. The meeting lasted two hours. The second round of dialogue began on January 10 and lasted over 7.5 hours. The meeting took place on the premises of the US Permanent Mission in Geneva. During the consultations, the sides took several breaks.