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Putin Has ‘Capability’ to Seize Parts of Ukraine

Source: Lolita C. Baldor, Vladimir Isachenkov And Yuras Karmanau The Associated Press, January 30, 2022

The U.S. has put 8,500 troops on higher alert for potential deployment to support and reassure NATO allies.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Friday the buildup of Russian forces along Ukraine’s border has reached the point where President Vladimir Putin now has a complete range of military options, including actions short of a full-scale invasion.

“While we don’t believe that President Putin has made a final decision to use these forces against Ukraine, he clearly now has the capability,” Austin told a Pentagon news conference.

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