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U.S. Has Intelligence that Russian Commanders Received Orders to Proceed with Ukraine Invasion

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A U.S. official told CBS News that Russian commanders have received orders to proceed with an invasion of Ukraine, with commanders on the ground making specific plans for how they would maneuver in their sectors of the battlefield.

On Friday, President Joe Biden told reporters he was “convinced” Putin had decided to invade Ukraine. An invasion would come in the “coming days” said Biden. Biden has also agreed to meet with Putin in the near future “in principle” so long as an invasion has not begun, said the White House Sunday night.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told “Face the Nation” that the U.S. still believes Russia is “moving forward” with plans to invade. This is all despite the fact that Russia has denied allegations that preparations for an attack are underway.

On Sunday, the United States Embassy in Moscow issued a security alert warning “according to media sources, there have been threats of attacks against shopping centers, railway and metro stations, and other public gathering places in major urban areas, including Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as in areas of heightened tension along the Russian border with Ukraine.”

The State Department urged U.S. citizens in Russia to avoid crowds and suggested they have evacuation plans in place that do not rely on federal government assistance. The Pentagon has also sent roughly 5,000 troops to Eastern Europe to “bolster NATO forces.”

The Biden administration has stated it hopes to keep a diplomatic option on the table and Biden has said no American forces will go into Ukraine if Russia invades. “My job as a diplomat is to leave absolutely no stone unturned and see if we can prevent war, and if there’s anything I can do to do that, I’m going to do it” said Blinken.

“President Biden has made very clear that he’s prepared to meet President Putin at any time in any format if that can help prevent a war. Even if the die is cast, until it’s settled, until we know that the tanks are rolling, the planes are flying, and the aggression has fully begun, we’re going to do everything we can to prevent it but we’re prepared either way.”

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  1. Peter Fee

    February 21, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Why is Ukraine of any strategic importance to the US? They are not any sort of democratic Republic. They are not a valued ally. They are not any sort of risk to our national security should Russia invade and take over their country. I’m not in favor of that happening but I’m also not willing to shed American blood and sacrifice American lives for a country that really means little in the larger scope of things.

  2. Franklin Moye

    February 22, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    I couldn’t care less what Brandon has to say anymore. With the open border and the Afghanistan retreat I’m thinking towel heads are telling him what to say and do to destroy our country.

  3. Marianne Louise Garvens

    February 25, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Biden is feckless!
    He has NO CLUE of what it takes to be the Commander in Chief!
    He has military officers that failed in Afghanistan and he did not have a viable plan to evacuate our Allies (let alone the locals that were fighting along side us).
    Afghanistan is just one example (but it is an accurate example) of to what degree Russia and their Allies would coordinate their resources to take over, not just Ukraine but to restore Russia (USSR) to its prior boundaries before it was ‘divided’ after WW2.

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Report: Ukraine Sunk Russian Warship By Using US Intel

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Ukraine sunk the Russian warship Moskva last month using United States intelligence, according to a new report from NBC News.

“A guided missile cruiser carrying a crew of 510, the Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet,” NBC News reported. “It sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials said. Moscow said the vessel sank after a fire. The Moskva was the largest Russian warship sunk in combat since World War II. American officials said there were significant Russian casualties, but they don’t know how many.”

“The attack happened after Ukrainian forces asked the Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odesa, U.S. officials told NBC News,” the outlet added. “The U.S. identified it as the Moskva, officials said, and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship.”

The news comes the day after a report from The New York Times revealed that the United States has provided Ukraine with intelligence on Russian military units that has enabled the country to kill multiple Russian generals.

“The targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine,” The New York Times reported. “That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals had been killed as a result of U.S. assistance.”

“The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently,” the outlet added. “Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.”

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Putin’s Personal Cameraman Quit After Recording His Invasion Speech

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal cameraman, Ilya Filatov, reportedly quit his job immediately after filming Putin’s announcement that he would be invading Ukraine.

The timing of Filatov’s exit from a job that he had for over a decade led to speculation that he actually faced dismissal because of negative comments he allegedly made about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, Filatov “denies this version,” according to independent Russian news site The Insider, which is banned in Russia. Filatov claims that he quit because he “reached the ceiling in the profession” and that he was “tired of sitting in quarantine for many months,” which he was required to do to reduce the likelihood he could contract COVID-19 and infect Putin.

Filatov’s sudden departure from his long time role as Putin’s cameraman was part of a pattern of Russian employee exits following comments suggesting opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As explained by The Insider, “Since the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, one by one employees of Russian TV channels have been fired or left the frame. On April 21, Alexander Gurevich, the host of the One Hundred to One program, resigned from the VGTRK . Prior to this, anti-war comments on his behalf appeared under the episodes of the show on YouTube. In March, it became known that Zhanna Agalakova, an employee of Channel One, quit , and journalist Vadim Glusker quit NTV.”

The Insider also noted how Marina Ovsyannikova, an employee of Channel One, “broke into the live newscast for a few seconds with a poster “Stop the war! Don’t believe the propaganda, they lie to you here.” Before the action, she recorded a video message in which she condemned the actions of the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine. On March 15, the journalist was fined 30,000 rubles. In April, she became a freelance correspondent for the German Welt.”

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