There is unprecedented growing tension between Russia and Ukraine, with experts expecting worse scenarios to unfold. Russia seems to be amassing and training an alarming force near Ukraine, with calls of opposition on all corners. Will Russia continue with its perceived Ukrainian invasion, or can the Kiev fight a new world war?
Russia Launches Military Forces to Attack Ukraine?
There was skepticism as to whether Russia is planning something, but the buildup of forces near Ukraine recently is saying otherwise. According to Pentagon, it has identified eight staging areas in Russia where there have been military buildup.
Reports noted that the military forces appear to be in preparation for an incursion into Ukraine. There were as many as 40,000 Russian troops gathered along Ukraine’s eastern border. These include tanks, armored vehicles, and air force units. Pentagon officials added that there have been large numbers of Russia military forces preparing for exercises in the coming days, but drills could be used as cover for an actual attack on Ukraine.
“Russian units will likely practice reinforcing the [Crimean] peninsula through such activities as amphibious landings and air defense exercises, and this may involve the change out of equipment and long convoys of military vehicles,” Washington Free Beacon quoted an official.
The exercises are considered alarming signs of what Russia has in store for Ukraine. Another report from Zero Hedge noted that Russia has been conducting armored train drills for the first time in 15 years, which could also signify that things are heating up. According to the report, the drills look extremely serious about mobilizing a large force with the goal of bringing vast numbers and superior equipment under cover from fire.
“We are extremely concerned about the increased tensions near the administrative boundary between Crimea and the rest of Ukraine,” expressed Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for the U.S. European Command.
“We urge both sides to avoid provocative steps or rhetoric that could escalate the situation,” the official told the Washington Free Beacon.