On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that US officials have warned European allies that Russia may be weighing a potential invasion of Ukraine, but the US provided no information on how it reached its conclusion.
The report cited unnamed people “familiar with the matter” and made it clear the US did not have information to back up its claim. “The assessments are believed to be based on information the US hasn’t yet shared with European governments,” the report reads.
Tensions are high in the region over an increase in US and NATO activity in the Black Sea and a migrant crisis in Belarus that the EU says is manufactured. The US has also been hyping up the movement of Russian troops inside Russia, portraying it as a build-up near Ukraine.
Kyiv initially denied the reported Russian build-up but later changed its tune to align with the Biden administration. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Wednesday and delivered a warning to Russia.
“The message we’re sending today, that I repeated to Dmytro, is that our commitment to Ukraine sovereignty — to its independence, to its territorial integrity, is ironclad,” Blinken said.
In recent weeks, the US has deployed warships and bombers into the Black Sea. In October, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine and delivered the message that the door for Ukraine to potentially join NATO is still open.