Russia is preparing for huge war with west, warns Ukrainian President

The Ukrainian President has warned that Russia’s latest military drill shows it is preparing its forces for war in Eastern Europe.

“In fact, there is more and more evidence for its preparations for an offensive war of continental proportions.”

“Under the guise of strategic command exercises, we are not ruling out the creation of a new assault group of Russian troops to strike Ukrainian territory,” he said. “Some 2,000 transporters with soldiers and equipment have approached and are approaching our borders. There is no guarantee that after the end of these manoeuvres all this will return to Russia.”

Why it’s on our radar: Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko is admittedly biased against Russia, however, Russian forces do have a recent history of launching invasions under the pretext of a military exercise.  Earlier this week, Russia’s Chief of General Staff met with the chairman of the NATO military committee to allay fears of an invasion.  Still, the Zapad 2017 exercise will be monitored closely by NATO forces as the U.S. shifts its strategy of assuring European forces to deterring Russian forces.

Source: Russia is preparing for huge war with west, warns Ukrainian President

Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract Intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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  1. That is the notorious side of manoeuvres when they’re done to intimidate or to affect an enemy politically rather than done purely as an exercise. There is real risk that it can accidentally or on purpose trigger a a real conflict. Other countries including the US also do it individually and in bloc.

    These politically motivated ‘exercises’ need to be avoided for these reasons – and not just by the Ruskies.

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