Russian invasion of Ukraine 'delayed' as new prediction made for when Putin will strike


Mr Biden has enlisted a team of meteorologists to analyse when Russian president Vladimir Putin is likely to make his move on Ukraine. This comes after a mild winter that may have forced Mr Putin to temporarily push back his plans.

According to US officials, the Kremlin may have been forced to delay its plans for a ground invasion, thanks to an unusually warm start to the winter this year.

Military analysts believed that a freezing winter, which is common in the region during this period, would have allowed for the easy movement of heavy vehicles and equipment.

Given how vital the weather is to military operations in the Russia-Ukraine region, Mr Biden has ordered meteorologists to look closely at the weather in Ukraine in order to predict a possible offensive, a US official told the New York Times.

Mr Biden has been holding talks with Mr Putin over the past month in a bid to ease the buildup of military presence at the border with Ukraine.

An estimated 104,000 soldiers have been deployed to the area, sparking fears Moscow might be plotting to make a move to integrate additional areas from the eastern European county.

Initially, military experts believed that Russia was likely to advance and take over Ukraine in January, however, the warm winter has reportedly “delayed” these plans.

Speaking anonymously, US officials to US media that on Monday that the relatively mild weather makes a January invasion now unlikely.

Russia and US delegations met on Monday in an effort to diffuse hostilities that have arisen in recent months over an invasion of Ukraine.

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