The Pentagon said on Thursday that Russian military forces were conducting the beheading of the Ukrainian government in Kyiv, in a somber assessment of the early stages of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
A senior defense ministry official said that three lines of Russian troops and forces are rapidly moving towards Ukrainian cities, with two teams moving towards the capital Kyiv and the president’s government. Volodymyr Zelensky. Forces are advancing towards Kyiv from Belarus to the north and Crimea to the south, using long-range missiles and artillery, the official said.
“Our assessment is that they have every intention of beheading the government and installing their own method of governance,” the official told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. He said the Pentagon did not have “perfect knowledge” of Russian troop movements but described what he described as “the early stages of a large-scale invasion”, coming from Belarus and Crimea. .
Russian forces have so far attacked Ukrainian military installations and air defense targets, using more than 100 medium- and short-range ballistic missiles. Russia has also used ship-launched missiles in the Black Sea, the official said. So far, Russia has not attacked western Ukraine.
Defense officials said Ukrainian forces fought back, with the heaviest fighting in Kharkiv, in the east of the country.
“We haven’t seen a conventional move like this, from country to country, since World War II, and if it unfolds the way we believe it will, it does, it does. potentially very bloody, very expensive this official said and very damaging to European security. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make those comments publicly.
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