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Biden says Putin has decided to invade Ukraine, could come within days

US President Joe Biden said on Friday that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine, an ominous reversal of a previous US assessment that Putin had yet to make a final decision to launch an armed conflict.
Biden, speaking at the White House, said Putin continues to spread false information to try to build a pretext for a military strike that could happen in days, Reuters reported.
“As of this moment, I am convinced that he has made the decision (to invade),” Biden told reporters in Washington. “We have reason to believe that,” he added, citing US intelligence assessments.
His comments, the strongest to date on the possibility of an invasion, came after a phone call with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Britain, the European Union and NATO, the White House said.
The leaders pledged to continue pursuing diplomacy while preparing to impose swift, coordinated economic costs on Russia should it choose further conflict, according to a White House readout of the call.
They also discussed efforts to ensure the defense and security of NATO’s eastern flank, the White House said.
Biden’s administration has said a diplomatic solution remains possible if Russia chooses, but that Washington and its European allies are prepared to enact harsh punishments if Moscow opts to invade.
“It’s not too late to return to the negotiating table,” he said.The post Biden says Putin has decided to invade Ukraine, could come within days first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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