Over 130,000 Russian Troops Stationed at Ukrainian Border

As of Sunday, the number of Russian troops stationed along the border with Ukraine is now well over 130,000, leading to increased concerns and precautionary measures over a potential imminent invasion.

According to ABC News, flights into the capital city of Kyiv have been canceled by several airlines, and Ukrainian soldiers have been unloading fresh weapon shipments sent in by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members.

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke by phone to Joe Biden, claiming that the country had “safe and reliable protection” from any possible invasion. In a public broadcast the previous day, Zelensky told his country that “we understand all the risks, we understand that there are risks.”

“If you, or anyone else, has additional information regarding a 100% Russian invasion starting on the 16th, please forward that information to us,” Zelensky continued.

This contradicts with the Biden Administration’s insistence that an invasion by Russia is all but imminent, which has led to formal warnings from the United States government for any Americans still in Ukraine to flee the country immediately.

“We’re not going to give Russia the opportunity to conduct a surprise here, to spring something on Ukraine or the world,” said Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, on Sunday. “We are going to make sure that we are laying out for the world what we see as transparently and plainly as we possibly can.” Biden’s State Department has previously claimed, with no evidence, that Russia may be preparing to stage a “false flag” attack on itself in order to justify invading Ukraine.

The Kremlin has insisted that the gathering of troops, located on the northern, southern, and eastern borders of Ukraine, is simply a series of military exercises.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: VERKHNOTORETSKE, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 07: Ukrainian Serviceman, war name Pinochet, 38 years-old, monitors the possible movement of the separatist forces at a frontline position held by Ukraine's 503rd Detached Marine Battalion on February 7, 2022 near Verkhnotoretske, Ukraine. Regional tensions remain high as Russia continues to amass soldiers and military equipment along its border with Ukraine, where large swaths of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions are held by Russian-backed separatists. Russia has also moved roughly 30,000 troops into Belarus, which borders Ukraine to the north. American and European officials say they do not whether Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a decision to invade Ukraine, but have issued a series of warnings about the country's assertive military posture. (Photo by Gaelle Girbes/Getty Images)

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