BREAKING: “Significant Amount of Casualties” – It’s Happening

For weeks, many observers have warned that Russia appears to be on the verge of launching an invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

This week, top American defense officials warned that such an action would lead to “a significant amount of casualties.”  

According to the Washington Examiner, that assessment was given at a press conference on Friday by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.

Defense secretary says Ukrainian cities could be seized

During the event, Austin told reporters that “there are multiple options available to” Russian dictator Vladimir Putin when it comes to how he might take action against his smaller neighbor.

The defense secretary suggested that such options could well include taking control of “cities and significant territories” as well as engaging in “provocative political acts like the recognition of breakaway terrorizes.”

Meanwhile, Milley emphasized Russian military capabilities, noting “the type of forces that are arrayed, the ground maneuver forces, the artillery, the ballistic missiles, the air forces, all of it packaged together.”

“If that was unleashed on Ukraine, it would be significant, very significant, and it would result in a significant amount of casualties,” the Army general predicted.

8,500 U.S. troops have been put on alert

Austin also addressed the recent decision by President Joe Biden to ready thousands of American soldiers, saying, “We haven’t actually moved any troops. We put troops on higher alert.”

“And the second point that I would make is that even if and when we do move troops, the purpose of those troops deploying would be to reassure allies or directly in support of NATO,” he explained.

The Examiner quoted Pentagon spokesman John Kirby as telling reporters at a press conference this past Monday 8,500 troops have been put on alert.

“Secretary Austin has placed a range of units in the United States on a heightened preparedness to deploy, which increases our readiness to provide forces if NATO should activate the [NATO Response Force] or if other situations develop,” Kirby said.

“All told, the number of forces that the secretary has placed on heightened alert comes up to about 8500 personnel,” the spokesman continued.

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