UPDATE 1-80% of Russia's forces around Ukraine in attack positions, U.S. official says

By Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has put 80% of the troops he has assembled in a position to launch a full-scale invasion on Ukraine, a senior U.S. defense official said on Wednesday. “He is as ready as he can be,” the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The remarks added to a sense of imminence of a possible Russian military onslaught, challenging any notion that Washington expected Putin to stop after recognizing the independence of two Moscow-backed rebel regions this week.

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