By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Ukraine’s government urged its citizens on Sunday not to believe “apocalyptic predictions” after U.S. officials warned that Russia is nearly ready for an invasion that could claim 85,000 lives.
U.S. officials said Russia has 70 percent of the military power it needs to launch a full-scale invasion in Ukraine. A security source told Worthy News earlier that an attack could happen as early as this month
U.S. officials estimated that 110,000 Russian troops are already deployed along Ukraine’s border, though Kyiv said the figure could be closer to 127,000.
An invasion will leave 25,000 to 50,000 civilians dead, along with 5,000 to 25,000 Ukrainian soldiers and 3,000 to 10,000 Russian forces, U.S. officials warned.
However, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged Ukrainians to remain calm. “Do not believe the apocalyptic predictions,” he wrote on social networking site Twitter.
“Different capitals have different scenarios, but Ukraine is ready for any development. Today, Ukraine has a strong army, unprecedented international support, and the faith of Ukrainians in their country. It is the enemy who should fear us,” Kuleba added.
MASSIVE REFUGEE FLOOD
An invasion could also trigger a refugee flood of one to five million people, mainly into Poland, officials said.
Moscow says it “has no intention” to invade, but it demands security guarantees such as a halt in further expanding the NATO military alliance.
But Washington says it’s up to counties such as Ukraine to decide whether they want to join.
As the standoff continued, U.S. troops already arrived in Poland over the weekend as part of thousands of additional American forces in the region.
A well-informed U.S. security official told Worthy News there are tens of thousands of American forces in Eastern Europe, including in Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and the Baltic states Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
He also said artificial blood is being supplied to U.S. forces if the conflict escalates. There are also U.S. forces in Ukraine, Worthy News learned, though Washington officially says no combat troops will be sent to the country.
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