February 7, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.A security advisor to US President Joe Biden has suggested that Russia could mount a military invasion of Ukraine during the ongoing Beijing Olympics. But White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stressed the US is seeking a diplomatic solution to the tensions over Russia’s troop buildup along the border with Ukraine.
2.Multiple US media outlets say senior government officials have told lawmakers that in the event of a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the capital, Kyiv, could fall within two days. The Washington Post and other media reported the updated analysis of the US military and intelligence agencies over the weekend.
3.European leaders are stepping up diplomatic efforts to deescalate tension over Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden will also meet in Washington on Monday.