“At any time, even before the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which is scheduled for February 20, there could be a Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the White House's national security adviser said tonight. Jake Sullivan.
“We continue to see signs of escalation on the Russian side, including the arrival of new forces on the Ukrainian front,” Sullivan told reporters.
According to the American official, a Russian attack could start with aerial bombardments. He urged US citizens still in Ukraine to leave the country within the next 24-48 hours, saying a Russian airstrike would make it more difficult for them to leave.
“We are not saying that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin has made his final decision,” Sullivan said. The White House adviser noted that the Western allies are showing “remarkable unity” with Russia, commenting that if Moscow decides to invade Ukraine its influence will not increase, on the contrary it will decrease. “Whatever happens, the West is more united than it has been for years, NATO has strengthened,” he said.
At the same time, Sullivan announced that the White House was considering a telephone conversation between the presidents of the United States and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.
“I expect President Biden to speak by telephone with President Putin (the crisis in Ukraine) but I have nothing to say at this time,” he told reporters.
Scene of war on the Ukrainian-Russian border: Foreign governments call on their citizens to leave Ukraine