An ABC News report on Sunday claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin added at least 10,000 more troops to the border near Ukraine following his call with President Joe Biden last week.
The remark was made by Martha Raddatz on “ABC This Week.”
ABC’s Martha Raddatz says Putin “added at least 10,000 more troops” to Ukraine’s border after his call with Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/adhinnD632
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“Russia’s ability at this point — and 175,000 troops, think of that,” Raddatz said. “When we went into Iraq, we were nowhere near 175,000 troops. But also remember back to 2014 and this point about Russian troops.
“There were reports that Putin set up mobile crematoriums because he was burning the bodies of those who were killed, so the Russians would not see caskets coming back,” she added.
“He has to be thinking about that. But they could move in swiftly. Look, the administration and officials are telling me they are not faking it. Putin is not faking it, but that, on the other hand, he may be really good at not faking it. I mean, he is moving in those troops,” Raddatz continued.
“After that call with President Biden, they added more troops. They added at least 10,000 more troops. So, if he’s bluffing, it’s a very, very good bluff.”
The growing concern about a Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to alarm those in the U.S. and worldwide as Putin seeks to exert control on a neighboring nation.