NATO CONFLICT – Russia Escalates Combat with Ukraine – Test for Biden

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HIGH ALERT – U.S. military forces in Europe have been put on ‘high alert’ as the fighting between Russia and Ukraine escalated this week and additional Russian troops are deploying to the region. The U.S. European Command (EUCOM) raised its threat levels in Europe to a “potential imminent crisis” which is the highest potential watch level.

This conflict has been simmering since 2014 when Russia launched its ‘hybrid war’ with ‘little green men’ covertly invading the Crimea, creating a tense new de-facto border between Russia and Ukraine in the Donetsk Region of eastern Ukraine.

The current ramp-up in violence between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces signals the failure of the most recent cease-fire from July, negotiated by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin’s intentions are not clear, but many experts believe this appears to serve as an early test of President Joe Biden’s commitment to Ukraine. The problem is that a ‘test’ like this could quickly escalate into something far worse.

The New York Times (NYT) reported that Gen. Tod D. Wolters, the head of U.S. European Command (EUCOM) raised the watch level after four Ukrainian troops were killed in recent fighting in the Donetsk region and Russian troops deployed to the border region between Russia and Ukraine for an apparent set of military drills, but an estimated Russian 4,000 troops failed to leave when the drills ended on March 23.

Russia often uses military drills near Ukraine’s borders to send a message to both the Ukrainian government and other western nations. In February, the Russian military announced it would be holding two major airborne exercises with paratrooper drops in Crimea in March that many saw as telegraphing a fresh Russian incursion.

The target this time, according to the NYT: “water canals supplying Crimea from the Dnieper River in Ukraine.”

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Frederick B. Hodges, the former commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, and now with the Center for European Policy Analysis was quoted by the NYT as saying: “This could be posturing, but the Kremlin is testing the new administration,” adding that Russia has “zero interest” in reaching a peaceful outcome with Ukraine as it prefers to keep the country destabilized as much as possible. ADN

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Mike W
Mike W
4 months ago

OMG – Will the Biden’s have to sell off ALL of their Burisma holdings

Mikle
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike W

No, He don.t care. He care only for money

Kramo
Kramo
4 months ago

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that Xiden will ef it up…. big time

jimdady
jimdady
4 months ago
Reply to  Kramo

Kinda like he has done fore EVERYTHING else he has done! This ahole has NEVER been on the right side of anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!

james bolton
james bolton
4 months ago
Reply to  jimdady

globalist puppet, chester the molester biden is always on the right side of globalist agendas .

Harm
Harm
4 months ago

Send all liberals to Ukraine to fix the problem since they own Biden Criminal Family.

ROBERT POWELL
ROBERT POWELL
4 months ago

bide will roll over ,yawn and go back to sleep

Barbara
Barbara
4 months ago

SO HELP ME HE BETTER DAMN WELL STAY OUT OF IT. BECAUSE BIDEN IS SO WEAK IN ALL CATEGORY -RUSSIA THOUGH T THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH IT. THESE DARN SNOWFLAKES DIDN’T THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN THE Y VOTED FOR HIM TRUMP HAD US OUT OF ANY MORE WARS. AND HERE WE GO WITH CORRUPT , SICK MENTALLY BIDEN AND LAUGHING HYENA HARRIS. HERE WE ARE IN THE WORST POSSIBLE WAY WITH A DFAMN WEAK GOV. WHICH DOESN’T KNOW WHAT SIDE IS UP. AND WITH THE WORST POSSIBLE PEOPLE IN CHARGE. ——–GOD HELP US. FOR ME THE DAYS AHEAD LOOK DARK AND DANGEROUS.

Thor
Thor
4 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

Can the USA even muster an army with all the bull shit woke trans a holes .
Trump please please come back

Robert
4 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

Side with you Miss Barbara! However, Biden is not only weak, he is brain-damaged, BIG TIME!! Or as he might say it- “DAIN-BRAMAGED”

james bolton
james bolton
4 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

god blessed us with globalists and globalist puppet $oro$ and globalist puppet chester the molester biden and globalist puppet barry soetoro and globalist puppet lil bush and globalist puppet cliton and globalist puppet bush etc.

Tony Winters
Tony Winters
4 months ago

ALL of our Allies who knew that America had their backs in any conflict must now be wondering what the hell is going to happen not only in Europe but throughout the world with the Biden Socialist Regime in power. Our Enemies, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, and of course the Communist Chinese Party all know what to expect, the Biden Regime will do NOTHING. OK That’s not quite true, what the Biden Socialist Regime will do is anything it takes to appease these dictatorships and of course whatever it takes to make even More Money for the Biden Crime Family. Under President Trump, it was “Make America Great Again,” Under Biden, it is, “The Hell With America, Make My Bank Account Great Again.” The Democratic Party, The Best Government Money Can Buy.

StLouisSteve
StLouisSteve
4 months ago

Less than three months into this idiot’s presidency – after his training under Obama, Biteme will probably draw a red line and then send MREs and blankets to Ukraine.
Buck Fiden

Jamey
Jamey
4 months ago

Joe Biden and his administration is seen as extremely weak politically, and morally by the world’s foreign leadership. The world’s anti American leadership (especially Russia and China) will, and have been challenging this administration, in various ways, to determine just how weak they are. It will continue, and probably get more intense. Just where is Donald Trump when we really need him??

Larry Larson
Larry Larson
4 months ago

Whatever test they put before illegitimate joe, it is sure he will fail as he has failed for 50 years on the teat of the US taxpayer.

jim
jim
4 months ago

Better for a face off with Russia now,before joe biden cuts Trumps Military Buildup to the bone – – – Thanks to Trumps Buildup of N.A.T.O we need to give Russia a Bloody Nose !

Desertmoods
Desertmoods
4 months ago
Reply to  jim

I personally don’t believe there will be open fighting, because I feel that an agreement has
already been agreed upon.We’re going to be sold out to the Russian war machine.
Biden will be removed because of medical reasons, he will not be able to control whoever is commanding our government and our military
forces.
Why are, “We THE PEOPLE” sitting back, as if
nothing is wrong, but the truth is, everything is wrong.
Biden has 24 states now under Red Flag Law, how many more will fall, when will those who talk of our rights will finally sound off, we need directions, knowledge, leaders.
I feel bad, but I believe the time is drawing closer…..,,. God help us all, God bless America.

BrewDubbs
3 months ago

Who is Obiden rooting for in that conflict? Follow the money.


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