NATO Warns Russia Will Use “Humanitarian Mission” as Pretext to Invade Ukraine
-Russia Prepares Large-Scale Invasion: “Battle-ready Force of Infantry, Armor, Artillery, and Air Defense
NATO and Russia engage in renewed Cold War brinkmanship
August 6, 2014 by Kurt Nimmo
NATO is again warning that Russia has amassed troops on its border and may soon invade Ukraine.
NATO claims Russia has 20,000 troops on the border and added 8,000 this week. Ukrainian officials, who routinely exaggerate the Russian threat, say the number is close to 45,000 troops with 100 fighter jets, helicopters and bombers, further heightening tensions in the region.
Poland PM warns of Russian invasion in Ukraine
NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Russia will use “the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission as an excuse to send troops into Eastern Ukraine.”
“We’re not going to guess what’s on Russia’s mind, but we can see what Russia is doing on the ground – and that is of great concern. Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s eastern border,” Lungescu said.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk also warns Russia is poised to invade. “We have reasons to suspect – we have been receiving such information in the last several hours – that the risk of a direct intervention is higher than it was several days ago,” Tusk said on Wednesday.
Radoslaw Sikorski, the Polish foreign minister, said on Tuesday Russia has concentrated troops and military hardware along the border in preparation of an intervention. Sikorski’s comments coincided with remarks by Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby who said Russian forces are “very capable and very ready” for an invasion.
The warning of invasion by NATO, Poland and Ukraine arrives as Russia conducts a military exercise near its border with Ukraine. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States is “deeply concerned” about the exercise.
“Exercises of this kind are provocative and only serve to escalate tensions,” she told reporters.
The Russian exercise includes Su-27 and MiG-31 fighter jets, Su-34, Mi-8, Mi-24 bombers and Mi-28N helicopters.
NATO and U.S. Military Exercises in Eastern Europe
Earlier this year, the U.S. and NATO held similar military exercises in Russia-bordering nations “in an attempt to alleviate tensions among Eastern European nations that have grown increasingly alarmed about Russia’s moves to restore a semblance of the hegemony it held during the Soviet era,” MintPress News reported on May 15.
Exercises were conducted in Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia and involved several hundred personnel from U.S. Special Forces, according to the U.S. European Command. The exercises include permanently stationed U.S. elite troops in states bordering Russia.
In addition to exercises, the U.S. announced military-to-military cooperation with eastern European nations, including special operations forces, air forces and additional military exercises and training, as part of their discussion of closer defense ties, according to the Associated Press.
Britain has announced it will conduct a military exercise in eastern Europe dubbed Black Eagle in October.
British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on July 28 from Warsaw that it “is right that NATO members and partners demonstrate our commitment to the collective security of our allies in Eastern Europe” and “the commitment of a battle group to Exercise Black Eagle shows our sustained and substantial support to NATO’s eastern border.”
On August 1 British Prime Minister David Cameron said NATO must show Russia it “means business” by carrying out more military exercises and deploying more weapons in eastern Europe.
Demonstrating the depth of brinkmanship and confirming the Cold War is once again underway, both the U.S. Strategic Command and its Russian counterpart have conducted large scale nuclear drills.
The Russian drill included a ground-based missile launch, submarine-based missile launches, air-based missile launches, and the launching of a Topol intercontinental ballistic at the Plesetsk launch facility in northwest Russia.
Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine
On Tuesday the director of humanitarian operations at the United Nations warned the Security Council during an emergency meeting Ukraine faces a mounting humanitarian crisis.
John Ging said “an increase in the numbers killed” will continue if a political solution is not found to the crisis.
The government in the Ukrainian capitol, however, denies its military operation to quell separatists in the eastern part of the country has resulted in a humanitarian crisis.
“The situation is manageable by the government of Ukraine, which remains open to cooperation with international partners,” said Oleksandr Pavlichenko, Ukraine’s deputy ambassador.
State Dept finally admits humanitarian crisis in E.Ukraine, fails to prove artillery fire
Jul 26, 2014
Russia Prepares Large-Scale Invasion: “Battle-ready Force of Infantry, Armor, Artillery, and Air Defense
A massive buildup on the Ukrainian border in the last 48 hours has seen Russia double its troop levels
August 6, 2014 by Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com
A massive buildup on the Ukrainian border in the last 48 hours has seen Russia double its troop levels with 17 additional battalions and has left Western leaders trying to figure out what President Vladimir Putin is planning to do next.
On Tuesday the Russian President called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to resolve the “humanitarian crisis” in Ukraine that has reportedly left tens of thousands of people displaced because of fighting over the last several months, a move that some in the West see as prelude to a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“We are convening an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine,” Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.N. and the International Committee of the Red Cross expressed “readiness” to discuss its plan to deploy a “humanitarian mission” to Ukraine, which some consider to be a pretext for an invasion by Russian forces.
Russia has significantly built up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border in recent weeks, according to U.S. officials, making it ready for a potential large-scale invasion of southeastern Ukraine if Russian President Vladimir Putin so chooses.
According to a report in The New York Times, Russia has nearly doubled its troop presence along the border, adding 17 battalions and 19,000 to 21,000 troops who now compose a “battle-ready force of infantry, armor, artillery, and air defense within a few miles of the border.”
The White House has openly worried about what would be, for all intents and purposes, an invasion under the guise of a “peacekeeping” operation.
“We’ve seen a significant re-buildup of Russian forces along the border, potentially positioning Russia for a so-called humanitarian or peacekeeping intervention in Ukraine,” deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said last week.
“That’s a very real option,” a senior Defense Department official told The Times. “And should Putin decide, he could do that with little or no notice. We just don’t know what he’s thinking.”
Source: Business Insider
It should be clear exactly what Vladimir Putin is thinking.
He’s thinking he can send his troops over the border and no one in Europe or the United States will have the will or fortitude to stop it. And, given the foreign policy failures of the United States over the last five years, he’s probably right.
After heavy sanctions that threaten to seize the asset of Russian politicians and businessmen, and a direct attack on Russia’s economy, Vladimir Putin is about to show the world what a Russian response looks like.
The following map, made available by Zero Hedge and generated within the last week, indicates that Russia now has up to 42,000 troops within a few miles of the border with additional units in reserve.
As Charlie McGrath noted recently, the Russians have the weapons, the technology, the will and the manpower to see this through.
For casual observers, pay attention, because there’s a strong possibility that you are seeing the buildup to the next great war.
Russia might win China as ally: Canadian military magazine
August 4, 2014
Russia may speed up siding with the East after the Crimea crisis and it is inevitable that neighboring China and Russia will forge closer ties, reports the military magazine of Canada-based news organization Kanwa Information Center.
The report said the stalemate among Russia, Europe and the United States may last for a long time, so China-Russia’s military cooperation may also enter a new era.
A Russian newspaper reported on March 29 that Russian president Vladimir Putin had agreed to the arms sales of the S-400 Triumf to China. It is unusual for a major media outlet to link Putin’s name with S-400 sales to China and is being interpreted as Russia sending a strong political message to the West and Japan.
Russia is negotiating sales of the S-400 with China and if the deal is closed, China will be the first foreign country to use the Russia-developed new generation anti-aircraft weapon system, said a Russian official. If negotiations go well, the China will likely obtain the S-400 by 2016.
Sales of advanced military equipment, such as the S-400 and Sukhoi Su-35, basically need the consent of Putin, as well as other key agencies in the government.
Some are of the view that China does not need to rush military cooperation with Russia because of the rapid development of its own military technology. However, the newspaper predicted that China-Russia military cooperation will deepen due to two major reasons.
China still needs to depend on Russia for a series of key technical equipment, such as engines. Additionally, many Russia-made weapon systems purchased by China during the late 1990s need an upgrade. Before the Crimea crisis, there were voices in Russia that strongly opposed the idea of selling advanced military technical equipment to China.
A Russian expert in the military industry revealed that someone in Kremlin wants to please Beijing through the arms sales.
As the events unfold in and around the Ukraine and ISIS I want to remember three key facts:
1. George Soros has admitted responsibility for the Soros/Obama/Nuland/Kerry Coup in Kiev and Mass Murder in Ukraine.
2. ISIS Run Out of U.S. Embassy in Turkey and Soros has funded much of the upheaval in the Middle East with MB Obama, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait as willing partners.
3. US Helps Putin by Buying Russian Helicopters – Obama admits uncertainty on Russian sanctions
MB Obama acts like an arsonists who sets the fires, watches others put out the fires, and blames others for setting the fires.