With tens of thousands of Russian troops deployed near Ukraine, the Kremlin keeps the US and its allies speculating about its next move in the worst security crisis between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. Amid fears of an imminent attack on Ukraine, Russia has stepped up its momentum by announcing more military exercises in the region. It has also refused to rule out the possibility of a military deployment in the Caribbean, and President Vladimir Putin has reached out to leaders in opposition to the West.
Military force-flexing represents a bold attempt by the Kremlin to halt the expansion of NATO decades after the end of the Cold War. In negotiations with the United States, Russia sought a legally binding guarantee that the coalition would not annex Ukraine and other former Soviet countries, or lay arms there. It also wants NATO to withdraw its forces from countries in Central and Eastern Europe that had joined the alliance since the 1990s.
Putin has described NATO membership as well as the deployment of coalition weapons to Ukraine and others as a red line for Moscow, warning that it will take unspecified “military-technical measures” if the demands are not met. “Will order. Putin pointed to NATO exercises with Ukrainian forces, frequent visits of coalition warships in the Black Sea and flights of US bombers near Crimea to emphasize the urgency of Russia’s security demands. He argued that by building training centers in Ukraine, Western powers might be able to establish a military foothold there without even joining NATO. “We have nowhere to turn,” Putin said. “They’ve gotten to the point where we just have to tell them: ‘Wait!'”
Ukraine’s residents are drawn to the unknown
Residents of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, said they hoped for the best but would prepare for the worst, as Russia gathered thousands of troops near Ukraine’s borders and diplomatic talks were a success. failed to produce.
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