“Russia is not Iran or North Korea, and therefore imposing sanctions on it may harm hundreds, if not thousands, of American and European companies operating,” said the official, who works on preparing continuous intelligence reports on the Russian movement on the eastern and northern borders of Ukraine, and who asked not to be named. Inside Russia,” he said, adding that the Biden administration is aware of the collateral damage that may arise from measures to impose economic sanctions on Russia, and the Kremlin in particular.
The official pointed out that until this hour, the Ukrainian forces lack the military capabilities and combat readiness required to repel any Russian attack, considering that the most dangerous scenario is if the Russian army launches a sudden invasion from the northern side of the Belarus border, where it is feared that Russian tanks will reach deep The capital, Kiev, in a few hours.
He explained that the Ukrainian army has about 200,000 soldiers in service, and less than 900,000 reserve soldiers, compared to more than 3 million full-time soldiers in the infantry units of the Russian army only, and this portends a significant imbalance in Ukraine’s combat human defense capabilities.
In response to a question about the size of the Ukrainian army’s armored vehicles, the official stated that Kiev has about 2,400 tanks, while Moscow has the largest stockpile in the world in terms of moving armored combat parts, which are calculated in the hundreds of thousands, but he continued, saying that despite this disparity, Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine will not be An easy trip, as the NATO countries provided Kiev with advanced weapons and air intelligence support, revealing the movements of the Russian army, moment by moment.
In the face of this scene, the military and security circles in Washington, according to the official, report that Moscow will incur high human losses and the bet that the administration of President Joe Biden is counting on is that Russian President Vladimir Putin may not bear the consequences of the official popular resentment of the consequences of the occupation of Ukraine.