Washington Free Beacon: “The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas in Russia where large numbers of military forces appear to be preparing for incursions into Ukraine, according to U.S. defense officials.
As many as 40,000 Russian troops, including tanks, armored vehicles, and air force units, are now arrayed along Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia.
Additionally, large numbers of Russian military forces will conduct exercises in the coming days that Pentagon officials say could be used as cover for an attack on Ukraine.”
Opinion: What better time for Russian military expansion than when the US is embroiled in a contentious election and whose president is playing his 300th round of golf?
The build up of force on the Ukrainian border is reminiscent of the 2014 just before the Russians took the Crimean Peninsula with only weak sanctions as a rebuke from the west.
The probable cause for the Russian build up is the recent push by NATO and the IMF to make the Ukraine a full-fledged NATO member in direct opposition to Putin’s goal of rebuilding the Russian empire.
Ukraine then is looking like Putin’s red line and few think he is bluffing.