And the Washington Post said that it was this information that prompted US President Joe Biden to confirm, Friday, that he was “convinced” that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, decided to attack Ukraine.
The American newspaper attributed this information to unspecified intelligence sources, without publishing any direct quotes.
In contact with Agence France-Presse, the White House, the Pentagon and the US State Department did not confirm or deny this information, which was also reported by other US media.
On Friday, a Pentagon official announced that more than 40 percent of the Russian forces massed on the borders of Ukraine had taken an offensive posture, noting that the stage of Russian-led destabilization in this country “has begun.”
The official said that since Wednesday, the United States has monitored the movement of Russian forces towards the Ukrainian border.
Washington has been warning for weeks that Russia will fabricate an incident on the Ukrainian border to justify invading its neighbour, which Moscow denies.
On Sunday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reiterated that “everything” indicates that Russia is “close to” invading Ukraine.