luchtschip schreef op 21 november 2021 18:14:
Russische troepen opbouw in het bezette Oost Oekraine
Alles lijkt op een aanstaand offensief, mogelijk al in Januari 2022
Alex Ward, National security reporter @politico :
“American intelligence officials are warning allies that there is a short window of time to prevent Russia from taking military action in Ukraine…the buildup is being taken seriously and the United States is not assuming it is a bluff.”
Natasha Bertrand, @CNN reporter covering the White House and national security :
As first reported by CNN …sources said
“Russia does appear to be positioning itself to be able to launch a military campaign in the coming months, perhaps as soon as January”;
US telling NATO allies the sametwitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/14...
( US Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken ) Blinken says US is concerned Russia may be 'attempting to rehash' 2014 invasion of Ukraine
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that the United States is "concerned by reports of unusual Russian military activity" and the possibility that Russia may be "attempting to rehash" its 2014 invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken's comments came a week after Russia's powerful security chief did not deny that Moscow was moving troops or assuage the US' concerns about Russia's intentions during a meeting with CIA director Bill Burns, according to four people briefed on the discussion.
Speaking alongside Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at the State Department, Blinken said that the US is "concerned by reports of unusual Russian military activity," and is "monitoring very closely" the Russia activity.
"Our concern is that Russia may make a serious mistake of attempting to rehash what it undertook back in 2014, when it amassed forces along the border, crossed into sovereign Ukrainian territory and did so claiming falsely that it was provoked," Blinken said, referring to Russia's invasion of Crimea. "So the playbook that we've seen in the past was to claim some provocation as a rationale for doing what it, what it intended and planned to do. All which is why we're looking at this very carefully."edition.cnn.com/2021/11/10/politics/b...