As much as Vlad Putin likes to skirt around the truth and obscure reality, there are those on the world’s stage who seem to have no problem calling his bluff. Such is the case this week, after Russian troops invaded easter Ukraine under the guise of some new, imaginary nations that Putin brought to life via an arbitrary treaty he signed on Monday.
Those troops, (and their tanks and artillery), were on a “peacekeeping” mission – at least according to the Kremlin.
NATO, along with the rest of the world, wasn’t buying it.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that there is every indication that Russia is planning a “full-scale attack” on Ukraine and urged Moscow to reverse course immediately.
“We urge Russia in the strongest possible terms to choose the path of diplomacy. This is the most dangerous moment in European security for a generation,” Stoltenberg told reporters from Brussels.
“Every indication is that Russia continues to plan for a full-scale attack on Ukraine,” he warned.
And this wasn’t just conjecture, either:
Stoltenberg confirmed that NATO had “evidence” that Russian forces have already invaded Ukraine following Putin’s order.
Over 150,000 troops have amassed along Ukraine’s border in Russia, Belarus as well as in occupied Crimea and Donbas.
“Moscow has now moved from covert attempts to destabilize Ukraine to overt military action,” the NATO chief said. “Many units are forward-deployed in combat formations. They are out of their camps in the field and ready to strike.”
US President Joe Biden is expected to announce another round of sanctions during a speech on Tuesday afternoon, targeting Russia and in direct retaliation for the invasion.
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