Watch the date! Key time Putin could launch full-scaled invasion EXPOSED – key clue

Biden says threat of Russian invasion of Ukraine is ‘very high’

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US political experts warned this is the key date to now focus on as failed predictions Russia would invade its neighbour on February 16 were unrealistic. They blamed “hype” for causing leading US officials to pins attention on the wrong date. Russia has massed more than 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over recent weeks, fuelling alarming fears an invasion could be imminent.

President Putin has denied there are any plans afoot to make such a move – despite growing fears from the West.

But reports had been circulating that Russia was actually planning to invade Ukraine in the early hours of Wednesday (February 16).

Western media outlets cited claims by unnamed officials that US President Joe Biden had warned NATO members that an invasion was imminent, but this date passed without any conflict.

However, US political analysts have warned the obsession around a possible invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday “distracted attention from actual key dates”.

They have claimed the real time to focus on a move from President Putin into its neighbour now begins on Sunday.

Michael Kofman, a military expert at American think tank CNA, an organisation that works directly with the US government and many of its agencies, warned: “After February 20 was always the more important time frame.

“We’re looking to see what Russian forces do then.”

This is when the joint Russian and Belarusian military training drills dubbed ‘Union Resolve’, which have been taking place on the territory of Belarus near the border of Ukraine, are set to end.

February 20 is also the final day of the Winter Olympics in Beijing and the concluding session of the Munich Security Conference, which Russia said it had no official plans to attend.

Mr Koffman believes the end of the current Russia-Belarus military exercises will provide an indicator as to what Moscow could be set to do next from a military standpoint.

If the 100,000+ troops and their equipment remain at its border with Ukraine, this could be a strong sign that an invasion is imminent.

He said: “It’s a useful date to see if they’re lying or they’re not.”

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But Russian officials have torn apart claims from the US an attack could take place as soon as this weekend.

Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov described the latest claims from the West of an impending invasion as “yet another fake”.

Earlier this week, The Russian Defence Ministry said huge numbers of troops were withdrawing from their deployments to their bases, as training exercises come to an end.

However, fears Russia is preparing for an imminent invasion of Ukraine have once again surged.

President Putin will oversee exercises by Russia’s forces on Saturday involving the launch of ballistic and cruise missiles.

A statement from the Russian Defence Ministry said: “On February 19, under the leadership of Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the RF Armed Forces V.V. Putin, a planned exercise of strategic deterrence forces will be held, during which ballistic and cruise missiles will be launched.”

“The exercise of the strategic deterrence forces was planned earlier to check the readiness of military command and control bodies, launch combat crews, crews of warships and strategic missile carriers to carry out assigned tasks, as well as the reliability of weapons of strategic nuclear and non-nuclear forces.”

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