We’re supposed to believe Russia – that they’re not going to do anything to Ukraine. But what they say and what they do are two entirely different things. And, it looks as though things are about to get a whole lot worse based on the military intel that our troops and technology has been able to gather.
The U.S. military has satellite images of additional troops as well as military equipment being positioned at the Russia-Ukraine border. These images were released on December 23 and show just how much tensions are rising between the two nations.
The images were captured by Maxar Technologies. There’s more troop buildup than ever before, and it shows that the Russian deployments are now showing up in Crimea as well as in western Russia. Some of the new deployments are closer to the Ukrainian border than anyone would like – including a new unit in Valuyki, a town of Russia only nine miles away from that border.
A lot has been going on – and Russia has essentially told the U.S., the U.N., and everyone else in the world to just butt out.
But, it’s not that easy. After all, we’re seeing a lot happening. In the town of Crimea, there’s been a movement of air defense equipment, infantry fighting vehicles, tanks, and even self-propelled artillery. And Putin continues to deny that there are any plans for an attack or a military invasion.
Putin has even gone as far as calling NATO expansion and weapons deployment in Ukraine as a “red line.”
President Joe Biden has worked to ease tensions between the two nations. Putin was warned that if he invades Ukraine, there would be “severe consequences.” However, we’ve all seen that Biden isn’t really much of a threat. So, after that phone call, Putin probably enjoyed a good chuckle to himself.
Now, Moscow’s been working to make sure that they have some kind of reason to attack. Putin is extremely calculated…
Draft security documents were submitted to NATO recently so that they could deny membership to Ukraine. However, the NATO alliance is open to any qualifying country. Russia simply doesn’t want Ukraine to be a member.
To start off 2022, the U.S. will be sitting down with Russians to talk about what’s going to happen. The U.S. will try for some kind of negotiation to see if Russia will back down.
At this point, with all of the military deployments made around the border, it’s not enough to simply accept Russia at their word. They’ll need to start drawing troops and equipment out of Crimea and away from the border. Right now, they already have enough to attack. So, they could attack at a moment’s notice – and that would be bad for everyone.
Essentially, we have to take Putin at his word that he has no plans to attack Ukraine. Yet, if Ukraine decides they want to join NATO, it could be as simple as Putin changing his mind. He may say that he has no plans to attack, but an ultimatum has been served – and it’s one that’s not fair to Ukraine.
We’ll find out soon enough if negotiations can be made or if there’s going to be an all-out war taking place in Russia…and if the U.S. will rush to defend Ukraine or stay out of it.