Russia’s “largest mobilization” since World War II was detected… and today’s missile and nuclear exercises under the supervision of Putin
Washington: Elie Youssef Wahba Al-Qudsi – Rostov: Raed Jabr
In a series of phone calls with the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), US President Joe Biden asked to put troops on alert, reiterating the warning that Russia could invade Ukraine “within days.”
Biden’s contacts with the leaders of NATO countries come within the framework of an escalation of pressure exerted by the United States in the “last hours” on Russia to discourage it from invading Ukraine, or at least to reveal its plans in this field. A White House official told reporters that the talks “focused on Russia’s reinforcement of military forces on the border with Ukraine and the coordination of joint and continuing efforts to pursue deterrence and diplomacy policies.”
These contacts also come amid reports of an escalation in the eastern Ukrainian regions yesterday, after the increased frequency of confrontations between government forces and separatists in the regions of Lugansk and Donetsk. The call of the civilian leaders of the two regions to head towards the Russian borders reflected expectations that the “zero hour” was approaching.
In Moscow, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko warned of “a war that could include all of Europe.” After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said that the two sides are working to strengthen their joint military capabilities in the face of external threats. It became known that the two presidents will supervise today the “strategic deterrence” exercises, which include exercises to launch intercontinental missiles and test nuclear and conventional capabilities.
In addition, the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) estimates that the number of Russian forces massed around Ukraine has reached more than 190,000 soldiers, which Washington considered Russia’s “largest mobilization” since World War II.