National Security Adviser Sullivan said that the military operation will take the lives of both Ukrainians and Russians
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that, according to the United States, Russia is planning an "extremely brutal" invasion of Ukraine.
According to him, Moscow will seek to “crush” the Ukrainian people.
“We believe that any military operation of the size, scale and magnitude of what we believe the Russians are planning will be extremely violent. It will cost the lives of Ukrainians and Russians, civilians and military personnel alike,” Sullivan said speaking on NBC.
“But we also have intelligence to suggest that there will be even greater form of brutality, since this will not simply be some conventional war between two armies,” he added. “It will be a war waged by Russia on the Ukrainian people to repress them, to crush them, to harm them.”
It is believed that up to 190 thousand soldiers are amassed near Ukraine’s borders. Russian officials have denied these numbers and have recently claimed that some of their forces are moving away from Ukraine, though the Biden administration has dismissed those assertions.
Sullivan reiterated that the U.S. is prepared to respond, regardless of how diplomatic efforts pan out.