laying the groundwork” for a possible invasion using the same “playbook” as for the 2014 annexation of Crimea.
While Sullivan cautioned that US intelligence agencies have not concluded the Russians have “definitively decided to take a military course of action in Ukraine,” Psaki said that an invasion “could begin between mid-January and mid-February,” resulting in “widespread human rights violations and war crimes.”
Late Thursday, a massive cyber attack hit Ukrainian government websites, displaying a message warning users to “be afraid and expect the worst,” Reuters reported.
Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned Friday that Moscow wouldn’t wait indefinitely for the Western response, saying he expects a written answer next week.
“We have run out of patience,” Lavrov said at a news conference. “The West has been driven by hubris and has exacerbated tensions in violation of its obligations and common sense.”
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