Putin Troop Buildup Near Ukraine Raises Concerns of Potential 2022 Invasion, U.S. Officials Say

WASHINGTON—Russian President Vladimir Putin is amassing a power predicted to total 175,000 troops close to Russia’s border with Ukraine, supplying him the functionality for a prospective invasion of his neighbor by early 2022, administration officials stated Friday.

The officials, citing new intelligence experiences that include visuals from spy satellites, stated the Russian navy buildup differs markedly from an earlier massing of troops in the spring. When accomplished, they stated, it will be 2 times the dimension of that prior buildup. In addition, Russia has embarked on a quick mobilization of reservists.