"The thinking in the U.S. government is that the likelihood of a major Russian incursion into Ukraine has increased," a senior U.S. official told Fox News.
The new thinking is based mostly off analysis of public information, such as heightened rhetoric from Putin and his claims that Russian-speaking people in Ukraine face "brutality." He is building a public case for more military action, according to senior U.S. officials.
Also significant is the large buildup of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine.
U.S. Defense officials say the numbers of troops far exceeds the amount needed for a training exercise. And the fact that none of the troops have returned to their bases after conducting exercises is also concerning to U.S. observers.
Some have estimated the troop strength to be at about 30,000 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, though, claimed Thursday that the number could be as high as 80,000. It is believed that an additional 50,000 troops may have flooded the region in the last few days.
These indications are contributing to a growing sense of alarm in Washington.
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