US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that "our concern has not abated a single bit" as Russia continues its buildup of troops near the Ukrainian border.
There's been "no meaningful sign of de-escalation, no meaningful Russian troop withdrawals from the borders," Price told CNN's Jim Sciutto on Wednesday.
"We have continued to see Russian forces flow to the border, we've continued to see Russians along the border actually move into fighting positions. ... We know the Russian playbook. We know the Russians engage in misinformation and disinformation. We have good reason to believe the Russians are saying one thing and doing another in an effort to obfiscate, in an effort to hide the truth," he said. "The threat is very real."
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this morning there has been "no meaningful pullback" of Russian forces, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement Tuesday that that Russia was sending some troops back to base after completing drills.
"The fact that Putin can take any number of courses were he to choose to do so, that is what gives us profound concern," Price said.
"We know that the playbook could include everything from cyberattacks to electronic warfare to aerial bombardment to a large-scale incursion. We are prepared for every eventuality," he added.
While it remains the "strong, strong, strong preference" to find a diplomatic solution, Price said, the Russians will need to de-escalate and "take meaningful steps that they have yet to take."