In an appearance on Face the Nation Sunday, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin confirmed that Russian officers have received order to launch an invasion into Ukraine. Martin said intelligence suggests Russian commanders are making all military preparations and “doing everything that American commanders would do once they got the order to proceed.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russian President Vladimir Putin is following “the script almost to the letter” in positioning forces along Ukraine’s border.
“Everything we’re seeing tells us that the decision we believe President Putin has made to invade is moving forward,” Blinken said.
“We’ve seen that with provocations created by the Russians or separatist forces over the weekend, false flag operations, now the news just this morning that the ‘exercises’ Russia was engaged in in Belarus with 30,000 Russian forces that was supposed to end this weekend will now continue because of tensions in eastern Ukraine, tensions created by Russia and the separatist forces it backs there.”
On Friday, President Biden told reporters he was confident Putin had decided to invade in the “coming days.” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Sunday that the U.S. was running a “full-court press” to deter Putin, attempting to exhaust all negotiation avenues.
President Biden has also agreed to meet with Putin “in principle” so long as Russia has not begun an invasion, the White House said Sunday night.
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VIDEO: Russia Moving Missiles Towards Finland Border
Putin has said in recent years that Finland is considered friendly so long as they do not join NATO. Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö confirmed Sunday he has applied for NATO membership.
MetroUK tweeted chilling video and reported the following:
Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said: ‘They should have no illusions that we will simply put up with it,’ and insisted ‘the general level of military tension will rise’.
BREAKING: Russia moves nuclear missiles towards Finland border in backlash over Nato bid. https://t.co/fgzgXnwjqK
— Metro (@MetroUK) May 16, 2022
The video was reportedly taken on a road leading to Vyborg, around 24 miles from the Finnish border, showing the deployment of mobile Iskander missiles.
“Seven launchers are thought to be en route according to commentary on a dash cam video broadcast by Russian media.”
A person on the video can be heard saying: ‘As soon as the president of Finland said they were joining Nato, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them is moving towards Vyborg.
‘Looks like a new military unit is about to be formed in Vyborg or the region.’
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