WATCH: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds a news briefing amid tensions in Ukraine

The White House says it’s important “to be open and candid” about the threat Russia poses to Ukraine and notes the administration’s goal is to inform the American public and the global community “of the seriousness of the threat.”

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Press secretary Jen Psaki made the comments at the White House briefing Monday shortly after Russia accused the West on Monday of “whipping up tensions” over Ukraine during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the crisis.

Psaki’s comments also come after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last week urged his country not to panic over the potential Russian attack and questioned the White House message predicting an “imminent attack.”

The press secretary said she can’t speak to the motivation behind Zelenskyy’s comments but underscored she stands by the administration’s warning.

“We know what we see with our own eyes,” Psaki said. “You are seeing specifics that we’ve been laying out here, including over 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders, amassed on the border with more troops and weaponry on the way,” she said.

Psaki also confirmed the Biden administration has developed “specific sanctions packages for both Russian elites and their family members if Russia further invades Ukraine.”

“The individuals we have identified are in or near the inner circle of the Kremlin and play a role in government decision making or at a minimum, complicit in the Kremlin’s destabilizing behavior,” Psaki said.

She added that many of the individuals “are particularly vulnerable targets because of their deep and financial ties with the West, meaning they would be hurt by sanctions that are tying them to Western financial systems.”

“He wants to divide the West. He wants to divide NATO. The opposite is happening,” Psaki said. “There’s been more than 200 engagements with NATO countries. We are united, fiercely united, and standing up to what we see as aggressive behavior, bellicose rhetoric, even as we’re leaving the door to diplomacy open.”