In its most dire assessment yet, the Pentagon said Russian troops in or near Ukraine are "ready to go" and an assault is likely imminent.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 3:24 PM EST

A senior Defense Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe Russian military operations in broad terms, told reporters that all the forces the United States expected Moscow to assemble were now in place, positioned 3 to 30 miles from the Ukrainian border, if not already in the country's contested east.

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