Biden now ‘convinced’ Russia will launch invasion of Ukraine

  • Vice President Kamala Harris meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, during the Munich Security Conference, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Munich. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

  • A memorial dedicated to people who died in clashes with security forces at the Independence Square (Maidan) in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the protests. People gathered to commemorate the Maidan protest movement and the events which took place in late Feb. 2014 that led to the departure of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich and the formation of a new government. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

  • President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

KYIV, Ukraine — U.S. President Joe Biden says he is now “convinced” Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine and assault the capital, an ominous assessment that emerged as the country’s war-torn east saw more attacks that the West said could be designed to establish a pretext for an attack.