Russia has “every intention” of overthrowing the Ukrainian government with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the neighboring country on Thursday, a U.S. official said.
“What we are seeing is initial phases of a large-scale invasion,” a senior Pentagon official told reporters. “They’re making a move on Kyiv.”
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“They have every intention of decapitating the Ukraine government,” the official said.
The official said the first Russian assault involved more than 100 short-range ballistic missiles, but also medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and surface-to-air missiles. The missiles were targeted at military sites — airfields, barracks, and warehouses.
The United States has “seen indications” that Ukrainian troops “are resisting and fighting back,” the official said.