Biden’s Concern: Russia’s Potential Ukraine Invasion in the Coming ‘Few Days

U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed deep concerns about the situation in Ukraine, warning that despite assurances from Vladimir Putin to the contrary, there is a potential for Russia to initiate an invasion within the next few days.

Tensions have been escalating between Kyiv and Moscow, with both sides blaming each other for clashes in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Leaders in the West are worried that Putin might use these tensions as a pretext for launching a coordinated Russian military campaign. Biden has even suggested that the U.S. believes Russia might be involved in a “false flag operation as an excuse for military action.”

In a recent address at the White House, Biden painted a somber picture of the Ukraine crisis, emphasizing the “very high risk” of a Russian invasion. He stated, “All the indications we have are pointing towards their readiness to take military action in Ukraine. My sense is that this could occur within the next few days.”

While Biden maintains that diplomatic avenues are still open, his remarks reflect the prevailing sense of concern in the West regarding Russia’s intentions and provocative rhetoric. Russia has expressed dissatisfaction with draft proposals it submitted to address its concerns about European security, alleging that the U.S. has misrepresented them. Russia has also restated its intention to take “military-technical measures.”

On Thursday night, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price revealed that Russia had proposed potential dates for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken next week, provided Russia refrains from invading Ukraine. Price emphasized, “If they do invade in the coming days, it will make it clear they were never truly committed to diplomacy.”

The White House has accused Russia of disseminating “false” claims about troop withdrawals from the Ukraine border, asserting that Russia has actually increased its military presence with an additional 7,000 troops in recent days.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of exacerbating tensions by accusing Russia of insincerity regarding troop withdrawals. Lavrov claimed, “This is where the escalation is.” He also argued that the U.S. has not provided a “constructive response” to Russia’s key demands, which include NATO’s commitment not to admit Ukraine and a rollback of NATO’s eastward expansion.

Biden’s statement, amid heightened tensions, has led to a drop in global stocks and increased interest in safe-haven assets. Treasury yields have fallen by 0.08 percentage points to 1.96 percent, and the S&P 500 has declined by 2.1 percent. The world is now anxiously awaiting Putin’s next move.

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