ABC’s Martha Raddatz: Putin’s ‘Added At Least 10,000 Extra Troops’ Close to Ukraine After Name With Biden

ABC Information’ Martha Raddatz mentioned on Sunday that Russia President Vladimir Putin has added greater than 10,000 troops to his army build-up close to Ukraine following his name with President Joe Biden.

“Russia’s means at this level — and 175,000 troops, consider that,” Raddatz mentioned. “Once we went into Iraq, we have been nowhere close to 175,000 troops. But in addition bear in mind again to 2014 and this level about Russian troops. There have been experiences that Putin arrange cellular crematoriums as a result of he was burning the our bodies of those that have been killed, so the Russians wouldn’t see caskets coming again.”

“He needs to be eager about that. However they might transfer in swiftly. Look, the administration and officers are telling me they aren’t faking it. Putin will not be faking it, however that, however, he could also be actually good at not faking it. I imply, he’s transferring in these troops,” Raddatz continued. “After that decision with President Biden, they added extra troops. They added not less than 10,000 extra troops. So, if he’s bluffing, it’s a really, excellent bluff.”

Fox Information contributor Tammy Bruce responded to the clip by tweeting: “To my level that it’s *harmful* having Biden communicate straight w any consequential particular person on the world stage. All it does is *verify* how feckless, weak & diminished the American president actually is. On daily basis the charade continues, the Dems put this nation in excessive hazard.”

MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT AND ABC “THIS WEEK” CO-ANCHOR: Properly, I feel you’ve got heard the administration, you’ve got heard Biden say how robust he was in that decision and minced no phrases.

However Vladimir Putin, I’m instructed by U.S. officers, was equally robust. He didn’t again down. He performed the sufferer. He mentioned he was the aggrieved particular person, and cease with all this democracy. So, he was very, very robust. That’s the way in which it was described.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC “THIS WEEK” ANCHOR: And, Ambassador Taylor, is there any actual thriller right here about Putin’s intentions? He insists Ukraine is a part of Russia.

He revealed, what, a 6,000-word essay this summer season speaking about that. Heading towards nearly 200,000 troops on the border. We simply noticed these Ukrainians say they’re not too frightened. Are they complacent?

WILLIAM TAYLOR, FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE: I don’t assume they’re complacent.

You additionally heard these Ukrainian troops say they’re able to die. They’re able to defend their land. And they’re. They may battle fiercely. They’ve fought fiercely, as you say, for seven-and-a-half years. They may proceed to do this.

However nobody is aware of, in reply to your query, what’s in President Putin’s thoughts. Nobody has figured that out. He is perhaps bluffing. He is perhaps simply transferring these troops up for functions of getting, attempting to intimidate President Zelensky or President Biden or NATO. Or he is perhaps critical about taking on Ukraine. He’s…

STEPHANOPOULOS: Why wouldn’t he invade?

TAYLOR: Why wouldn’t he?

As a result of it could be — rationally, it could be very, very expensive, not simply the financial sanctions that President Biden is speaking about. The variety of Russian troops that will die can be very giant, and Ukrainians as nicely.

He would additionally lose, for instance, that pipeline that’s so essential to him from Russia to Germany, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. It could be a really unhealthy transfer for him and really expensive. And that’s why — that’s why he wouldn’t.

STEPHANOPOULOS: On the army entrance, Martha, what do we all know concerning the Russian capabilities and the capability of the Ukraine to reply?

RADDATZ: Properly, because the ambassador mentioned, the Ukrainians have plenty of fight expertise. They do. However they might be crushed. They really would.

Russia’s means at this level — and 175,000 troops, consider that. Once we went into Iraq, we have been nowhere close to 175,000 troops. But in addition bear in mind again to 2014 and this level about Russian troops. They — there have been experiences that Putin arrange cellular crematoriums as a result of he was burning the our bodies of those that have been killed, so the Russians wouldn’t see caskets coming again.

He needs to be eager about that. However they might transfer in swiftly. Look, the administration and officers are telling me they aren’t faking it. Putin will not be faking it, however that, however, he could also be actually good at not faking it. I imply, he’s transferring in these troops.

After that decision with President Biden, they added extra troops. They added not less than 10,000 extra troops. So, if he’s bluffing, it’s a really, excellent bluff.

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