The US government has warned America’s allies in Europe that Russia may be about to invade Ukraine any moment now as Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been piling up troops and equipment near the Ukrainian border.
Invoking the ghost of 2014
Such an invasion would be a direct attack by Russia against a pro-American and pro-Western Ukraine, a NATO and EU candidate country, reminiscent of 2014 when Putin seized and then annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, while also stirring a pro-Russian insurgency in the Donbas region in the Ukrainian east.
Since then Ukraine’s military has been fighting an on-and-off conventional war against (pro-)Russian forces in Donbas.
The potential invasion would come at a moment when EU and NATO allies are tackling an illegal immigration crisis at the EU/NATO border with Belarus.
Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, backed by Putin, has created a migrant crisis by bringing in illegals from the Middle East and sending them towards America’s EU/NATO allies Poland and Lithuania in retaliation for Western support of the Belarusian opposition movement that he crushed brutally last year.
Lukashenko is unconditionally backed by Putin.
Besides that, America’s European allies are tangled in natural gas supplies dispute with Russia, as Putin has managed to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany thanks to Joe Biden who lifted President Donald Trump’s sanctions on it.
The new massive pipeline, however, is yet to receive a formal EU launch approval, and Putin is withholding extra Russian gas supplies until then.
This has in turn contributed to the spiking of energy prices worldwide.
US intelligence service has just informed their European counterparts that Russia might be able to launch a military invasion in eastern Ukraine to seize more territory as it did in the 2014 annexation of Crimea, according to a report by The Daily Mail.
Tens of Thousands of Extra Russian Troops near Ukraine
The report comes amid already existing fears to the same end as satellite images have shown the relocation of tens of thousands of Russian forces, including tanks and artillery vehicles, in Russia’s regions bordering Ukraine, such as Kursk, Bryansk, and Yelnya.
According to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russia has recently brought some 90,000 extra troops near the border.
This has led Ukraine to relocate 8,500 additional troops to the border regions.
The new Russian build-up appears to be near the northeastern sections of the Ukrainian border, which is closer to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, whereas the already partly occupied regions of Donbas are in the southeast.
For the time being, it appears that the US intelligence services haven’t revealed to the Europeans the precise sources of their information or pieces of evidence about a possible imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine.
At the same time, the three small Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – which are both EU members and American allies in NATO, and each of them hosts one 1,000-strong NATO battalion – have raised alarm about an armed conflict between NATO member Poland and Russia’s ally Belarus over the migrant crisis caused by the latter’s leader Lukashenko.
Poland already stations 15,000 additional troops to the border region to help fend off the migrant invasion, which has been condemned by Putin and Lukashenko.
Putin even sent earlier this week bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons to fly over Belarus in a show of strength.