“The likelihood of Russian aggression has increased dramatically in the last 24 hours.”
“The Kremlin took Biden’s phone call to Putin as a sign of weakness and now Russia will probably act,” said Piontkovsky , a Russian analyst .
It is no coincidence that the United States has decided to temporarily freeze the mission of the two US destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) in the Black Sea. The destroyers will remain in Souda and will wait for further instructions.
CNN: Outside the Black Sea the two US destroyers
“US warships will remain out of the Black Sea for the time being as the move would mean escalation. The ships will remain close to the Aegean region ready to respond if needed, ” Pentagon officials told CNN.
Now that this move would mean “escalation” once Putin has transferred half the Army to the Ukrainian border, only CNN knows. Also escalating is the imposition of sanctions and the expulsion of Russian diplomats recently announced by the White House.
They also state that:
“The Pentagon has assessed Russian forces on the Ukrainian border and said they are not ready for offensive operations due to a lack of accounting support, fuel and medical capacity.
But this situation can change quickly. The evaluation is valid only for a few days.
— CIA-Simulation Warlord 🇺🇸🦈🇺🇸 (@zerosum24) April 15, 2021
According to our estimation, Russia has transferred 40 Battalions and a total of 40,000 military forces together with anti-aircraft systems.
There is no indication that Russia is reducing its forces or sending signals of de-escalation. “And the data on the ground can change quickly,” CNN reported
Finally, Ukroboronprom, the Ukrainian defense industry, announced that it is ready to double the production of ammunition for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
NATO: Russia to withdraw troops
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg today called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the border with Ukraine.
“NATO allies fully support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity ,” Stoltenberg said after joint talks between the North Atlantic Alliance’s foreign and defense ministers.
“We call on Russia to immediately de-escalate, to stop the pattern of aggressive provocations and to respect its international commitments,” he added.
Today, the 35th Independent Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade of #Russian Army deployed a large batch of 2S3 Akatsiya 152.4 mm SPGs & 2A65 Msta-B 152mm howitzers to #Voronezh in Northeast of #Ukraine in-order to be used in any possible war in #Luhansk & #Donetsk regions of #Donbass. pic.twitter.com/5y3RXO8BwL
— Babak Taghvaee – Μπάπακ Τακβαίε – بابک تقوایی (@BabakTaghvaee) April 14, 2021
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