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According to US officials and an intelligence document acquired by The Washington Post, the Kremlin is planning a multi-front operation as soon as early next year, including up to 175,000 troops, as tensions between Washington and Moscow rise over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Kremlin has been pushing soldiers near Ukraine's border, demanding a promise from Washington that Ukraine would not join NATO and that the alliance will desist from specific military exercises in and around Ukrainian territory. The situation has sparked worries of a new conflict on European territory, and it comes before President Biden's scheduled virtual meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.

"Russian plans call for a military attack against Ukraine as soon as early 2022, with a force structure double what we saw this spring during Russia's snap drill near Ukraine's borders," a senior administration source said on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. "The plans call for the movement of 100 battalion tactical groups, totalling 175,000 troops, as well as armour, artillery, and equipment."

According to an unclassified US intelligence dossier acquired by The Washington Post, Russian soldiers are massed in four sites, which includes satellite pictures. According to the paper, 50 tactical combat groups are now deployed and "newly arrived" tanks and artillery.

The US map puts the number of troops near the border at 70,000. Still, it forecasts a buildup to as many as 175,000. According to Ukrainian assessments, it outlines the considerable movement of battalion tactical units to and from the border "to obscure objectives and create ambiguity," according to Ukrainian assessments.

The person stated that part of the US analysis of Russia's preparations is based on satellite photographs that "show newly arriving forces at different sites along the Ukrainian border during the previous month."

Details from US intelligence help to paint a picture that Secretary of State Antony Blinken began to paint this week on a trip to Europe, where he described "evidence that Russia has made plans for significant aggressive moves against Ukraine" and warned that if Russia invaded, there would be serious consequences, including high-impact economic measures.

Biden said he's working on making any fresh invasion more expensive for Putin, who has rejected US warnings as hearsay and insisted that Russia is not threatening anybody.

The Russian military actions coincide with Moscow's rapid mobilization of reservists this year, as well as a sharp escalation of its rhetoric against Ukraine, which has raised worries in Washington.

Russian officials have defended the reserve mobilization as a necessary move to assist modernize the Russian military forces. However, the administration source expressed alarm about the "sudden and quick effort to construct a ready reserve of contract reservists," which is planned to add 100,000 troops to the approximately 70,000 troops now deployed, according to the person.

The intelligence concerning a possible military increase backs up Blinken's warning earlier this week that Putin may command an invasion of Ukraine at any time and helps to explain why Biden administration officials have been raising the alarm about an impending assault for weeks.

Written By: Olivium's Staff.

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