U.S. officials warned on Sunday that while the diplomatic path to easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine remains open, the window of opportunity for negotiations and dialogue is “shrinking” as Moscow accelerates its military buildup near the Ukrainian border.
The latest alerts from top U.S. officials come as concerns are rising among NATO countries that Russia is preparing to execute a military incursion to further invade Ukraine, a report that Moscow has denied despite amassing more than 100,000 troops near the border of the two countries.
Intelligence obtained by the U.S. says that Russia is eyeing Wednesday as the target date for an invasion, according to The Associated Press.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told “Fox News Sunday” that the “time component” for diplomacy between Russia and Ukraine “seems to be shrinking,” a revelation that he said “gives us all cause for concern.”
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