Skip to comments.U.S. Intel Assessement: Greater Likelihood Russia Will Enter Eastern Ukraine (and Baltics)
Posted on 03/26/2014 6:00:27 PM PDT by kristinn
A new classified intelligence assessment concludes it is more likely than previously thought that Russian forces will enter eastern Ukraine, CNN has learned.
Two administration officials described the assessment but declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information.
The officials emphasized that nothing is certain, but there have been several worrying signs in the past three to four days.
This has shifted our thinking that the likelihood of a further Russian incursion is more probable than it was previously thought to be, one official said.
The buildup is seen to be reminiscent of Moscows military moves before it went into Chechnya and Georgia in both numbers of units and their capabilities.
U.S. military and intelligence officials have briefed Congress on the assessment.
As a result, Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee late Wednesday sent a classified letter to the White House expressing concern about unfolding developments.
An unclassified version obtained by CNN said committee members feel urgency and alarm, based on new information in the committees possession.
The committee said there was deep apprehension that Moscow may invade eastern and southern Ukraine, pressing west to Transdniestria and also seek land grabs in the Baltics.
The United States believes that Russia might decide to go into eastern Ukraine to establish a land bridge into Crimea.
The belief is that Russian forces would move toward three Ukrainian cities: Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk in order to establish land access into Crimea. Russian forces are currently positioned in and around Rostov, Kursk, and Belgorod, according to U.S. intelligence information.
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Obama is an ass clown.
since they have been wrong many times before ... they could maybe get one right.
Time for some passive aggressive Obama blather.
The only place the Cold War never ended was in Putin’s head
Yeah, but they’re doing it out of weakness, so it’s ok.
And Poland and Romania and Azerbaijan and Balarus and Moldova and Finland....
Thanks Captain Obvious. (Not you, Kristinn).
Well, duh !
Getting to the Finnish line is where the fun will really start.
LOL! I have to laugh or I’ll cry.
Talvisota, The Sequel
The only people left in the world who take Obama seriously are the leftists who still believe they have to prop this guy up, everybody else gets the fact that Obama is a weak joke.
Kristinn, my best guess is on the new moon March 30.
Two things majorly wrong here.
If this is true then administration officials are leaking "classified intelligence".
When one(Obama) predicts that somebody(Putin) is likely to do something(invade), then one increases the chances that the person would carry out that action.
Poland is calling up reserves. Others will soon follow. Putin is a new Stalin. Putin senses no opposition from a weakened leaderless America.
It’s good that the media is reporting this since 0bungles doesn’t do intel briefings.
yep ... don’t see it going any other way. I think putin has probably been invited into the area and knows there will be no resistance (imho). Hope I’m wrong cause this will put the entire area on full alert (imho).