The head of the US Department of Defense, Lloyd Austin, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin already has the combat capability to take action against Ukraine. – The president and the secretary of defense raised the readiness of our units in the event of the need to support our allies in NATO – added General Mark Milley, chairman of the College of Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces.
Lloyd Austin spoke at a joint press conference with the chairman of the College of Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milley. He referred to the exacerbating situation on Ukraine and threats of invasion from the site Russia.
“While we don’t think President Putin made the final decision to use force against Ukraine, he clearly has the ability now,” Austin said at a press conference.
He added that “there are many options available, including the capture of cities and significant territories, but also acts of coercion and provocative political actions such as the recognition of separatist territories.”
The head of the Pentagon emphasized that the US continued to focus on fighting Russian disinformation, including anything that could be used as a pretext for attacks on Ukraine.
He added that the US pledged to help Ukraine in defense, including by providing additional anti-tank weapons. Nevertheless, Austin noted that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia “is not inevitable”. “There is still time and scope for diplomacy,” he assured.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on support for NATO allies
General Mark Milley, attending the conference, said a full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine would have “terrifying” consequences.
“You can imagine what it might look like in densely built-up urban areas,” said Milley, predicting “a significant number of casualties” in the event of the Russian offensive. “It would be terrifying, it would be terrible,” he emphasized.
The general also pointed out that Russian formations near Ukraine’s borders go beyond land, air and sea forces and also include units prepared for cyber warfare.
General Milley also drew attention to the possible assistance to allies within NATO, i.e. countries that border Ukraine.
– Ukraine borders on four NATO members: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. The President and the Secretary of Defense raised the readiness of our units in the event of the need to support our allies in NATO, he stressed.
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