Fears of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are even greater. NATO is keeping its troops on alert and increasing its presence on the outskirts.
- Space in between Russia* And tensions continue on the border between the two countries, Ukraine.
- President of Russia Vladimir Putin* Demands security guarantees from NATO and accuses Russia of aggravating its military presence on its borders.
- The United States* Increase the presence of their forces in Eastern Europe. President of the United States Joe Biden* Keeps about 8,500 players on alert.
- News situation on the Ukraine conflict in the news ticker.
+++ Update, 01/25/2022, 6:05 am: NATO troops in Eastern Europe have long been on high alert due to the Ukraine crisis. The United States has increased its military presence in the Eastern European member states of the Defense Alliance by 8,500 troops. But according to the New York Times, this may be the beginning.
According to the newspaper report, US President Joe Biden discussed the situation on the border with Ukraine at the Ministry of Defense. The commanders promised that the Pentagon would be able to send troops of 50,000 troops to neighboring NATO member states within a short period of time. – In addition to the approximately 10,000 NATO troops already stationed in countries such as Poland and Romania near Russia Turkey* Stopped. There are also about 150 US military advisers in Ukraine.
However, if Russia actually launches an attack on Ukraine, the Russian military will not be able to stop the NATO troops that have been stationed so far. Organizations assembled on the border with Ukraine should already have a strength of up to 100,000 people. Jim Downsent, a NATO adviser to President Barack Obama’s administration, told the New York Times that it was too late to stop Putin.
Ukraine crisis: US expects offensive ahead of spring – more armed forces ready
+++ 9.12pm: The U.S. government has deployed about 8,500 troops in the United States due to the crisis in Ukraine, according to the Department of Defense. However, ministry spokesman John Kirby said Monday that no decision had been made on whether to move the troops to Europe. On the instructions of US President Joe Biden and on the recommendation of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the relevant sections have been placed on high alert.
“As such, they are ready to respond to a variety of contingencies, including supporting the NATO response force if it is activated,” Kirby said. NATO decides whether to implement this “NATO Response Force” (NRF). In connection with the increased desire, Kirby spoke of “reinsurance to our NATO allies.”
The United States anticipates an attack before spring – increasing the presence of NATO forces
Updated Monday, January 24, 2022 from 1:25 pm: Due to tensions with Russia, NATO is increasing its military presence in Eastern Europe: the Coalition has said it wants to send more warplanes and naval vessels to the Baltic Sea and several Eastern European countries, including Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria. “As Russia continues to build up its military presence in and around Ukraine, allies are preparing their troops and stepping up preventive and security operations,” NATO said.
In particular, NATO named Denmark, Spain, France and the Netherlands. According to reports, Denmark is sending a warship to the Baltic Sea and four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania. Spain supplies ships to NATO navy and is considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria.
NATO says France has agreed to send NATO-led troops to Romania. The Netherlands has sent two F-35 fighter jets to Bulgaria since April and has a ship and land units ready for NATO NRF intervention.
Ukraine conflict: US expects Russia to strike in the spring due to “Rasputiza”.
First Report 01/24/2022: Kiev / Washington – Tensions continue between Ukraine and Russia. Meanwhile, NATO has announced plans to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, the US media has been discussing the risk of Russia invading Ukraine. According to CNN, spring invasion is less dangerous than winter.
This is related to the soil conditions in the region: frozen soil in winter is suitable for Russian troops. According to the argument, ground conditions had already prevented Napoleon and Hitler from invading Russia. In the spring the soil has its own name: rasputitsa or “season of bad roads”. According to the New York Times, citing US defense strategists, the muddy land will benefit during the Ukraine invasion. Only last week, however, did Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov deny wanting to re-occupy Ukraine. Instead, he demanded “security guarantees” from NATO, which NATO did not want to fulfill. *
Russian troop deployment: US media expresses concern over Ukraine conflict
The Washington Post writes that Russian “dictator” Vladimir Putin did not hide his desire for an empire like the former Soviet Union. One should not be ashamed of severe obstacles. German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbach * (Greens) * announced the EU’s firm stance on Russia and stressed its desire to engage in dialogue with Russia. Germany refuses to supply arms to Ukraine and relies on sanctions instead.
In view of the tense situation, the US government is reducing its diplomatic presence in Kiev. The U.S. State Department has announced that it has approved personnel who do not need to voluntarily leave the country immediately due to the threat of Russian military action. Family members of the diplomats have been asked to leave Ukraine.
Ukraine calls cuts to US embassy staff ‘high alert’
Ukraine responds to withdrawal of US embassy staff from Kiev “We consider that such action by the US is a foregone conclusion,” the State Department said Monday (January 24, 2022). The security situation “has not fundamentally changed”. Russia’s threat has been lingering since 2014, the foreign ministry said. Russian troops were already stationed near the state border in April 2021.
Ukraine conflict: The United States has cut embassy staff due to the tense situation on the border with Russia
In view of the tense situation, the US government is reducing its diplomatic presence in Kiev. Family members of the diplomats have been asked to leave Ukraine. The U.S. State Department has said that employees who do not need it immediately will leave voluntarily. With Russian troops heavily concentrated near the Ukrainian border, there are fears in the West that Russia may be planning an invasion of Ukraine. Moscow rejects this and demands security guarantees from the United States and NATO.
Unlike the United States, the EU currently finds no reason for embassy staff and family members of diplomats to leave Ukraine. “I do not think we should play,” EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell said at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday (January 24, 2022). He thinks there is no need to leave Ukraine as long as talks with Russia are ongoing.
At present the EU does not want to withdraw diplomatic staff from Ukraine
At the same time, Borel agreed that the assessment of the situation may change. Spaniard said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, under US President Joe Biden, would join the EU summit via video conference to explain the US announcement.
The U.S. State Department has announced that it has approved personnel who do not need to voluntarily leave the country immediately due to the threat of Russian military action. Family members of US diplomats have been asked to leave Ukraine. NATO and The The G7 nations were warned in advance of the danger of war. *
NATO: Sending Russian troops is causing tension
EU representation in Ukraine is located in the center of the capital Kiev. It is currently headed by Estonian Ambassador Matti Masikas. With massive Russian troops concentrated near Ukraine, there are fears in the West that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be planning an invasion of Ukraine. However, when demands for new security guarantees are put forward, it is also possible that fears are being raised only to force NATO countries to make concessions. For example, Russia’s declared goal is to prevent NATO from expanding further east and withdrawing its armed forces from the eastern allies. NATO and the EU reject these demands as unacceptable. (dpa / afp) * fr.de is an offer IPPEN.MEDIA.
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