The 2022 Bejing Winter Olympics ended on February 20th, while Russia declared war on Ukraine on February 24th
It was revealed in a report that Chinese officials requested Russia to prolong sending troops for the Invasion of Ukraine until the Winter Olympics are concluded, US officials said.
A Western Intelligence gathered the information before the invasion and the U.S considers it genuine, according to New York Times. The reports suggest that China had knowledge of Russia’s plans for Invasion. The Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Beijing for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on February 4th.
The U.S and its allies used the information to determine the timeline of the invasion. At the time, Western intelligence officials were keeping a close eye on Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. Following Putin and Xi’s meeting on the sidelines of the games, Moscow and Beijing published a joint statement saying that their alliance has “no bounds” and opposing NATO expansion, which Putin has used to justify his invasion of Ukraine.
The New York Times first reported the credibility of the information.
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
Russia declared war on Ukraine on 24th February followed by multiple bombings in Ukraine’s major cities like Kyiv and Kharkiv. Russian troops invaded Ukrainian territories and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared martial law.
There have been a number of casualties on both Russian and Ukrainian ends, soldiers as well as civilians. Hordes of civilians have fled, while more of them are fleeing the country, which is thrown in a state of War. The loss of human life and resources is appalling.
Tensions rose even higher on Sunday when Putin ordered Russia’s nuclear forces to be placed on high alert.