President Joe Biden sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt and discussed several issues plaguing his administration such as inflation, COVID mandates and a looming war with Russia.
President Biden is warning any Americans still in Ukraine to get out now as the threat of a Russian invasion looms. Biden warns that “we are dealing with one of the largest armies in the world.”
Biden added there’s not a scenario that would prompt him to send American troops to help evacuate Americans fleeing the country. He cautioned, “things could go crazy quickly.”
An estimated 100,000 Russian troops have been deployed near Ukraine, although Russia denies it has any plans to invade.
There are three scenarios of concern. It might be a cyberattack targeting Ukraine’s energy grid. Or the movement of Russian battalions and tanks along the border and into firing range. Or perhaps even a long-range missile attack.
US officials are watching for significant movement of Russian forces from their training areas to near the border within firing range of their targets.
Another sign the Russian military could be gearing up for an invasion is if they start moving around tanks on the border, or turning them on or off, the official said, because if they sit there and don’t move for a few days the oil could freeze.
So far, the official said, the tanks are just sitting there, according to commercial satellite imagery.
The weather in Ukraine could also play a role, the assessment being that colder temperatures — and frozen terrain — would make a Russian incursion easier.
The US and its allies have threatened new sanctions, but the two sides have agreed to keep talking.