Tensions between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are higher than they have been at any time since the end of the Cold War.
This past spring, they nearly erupted into a shooting war when Russia conducted snap war games on its border with Ukraine, dramatically expanding the estimated 87,000 Russian troops permanently deployed in the region with 25 fresh battalion tactical groups.
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Observers on the ground posted YouTube videos of Russian rail convoys bringing hundreds of main battle tanks, multiple rocket launchers, and heavy artillery to the front.
These were not the tools of the on again, off-again guerrilla skirmishes Russian and Ukrainian forces have conducted since the 2015 ceasefire.
They were the weapons of a red-hot ground war, and Western military leaders
went into near-panic mode.
At the end of March, U.S. forces in Europe went from high alert to the highest possible, known as “potential imminent crisis,” The New York Times reported.
On April 12, the G-7 foreign ministers and the European Union high representative called on Russia “to cease its provocations and to immediately de-escalate tensions,” while reaffirming Western support for Ukraine’s sovereignty.
“These large-scale troop movements, without prior notification, represent threatening and destabilizing activities,” they said.
With an estimated 120,000 Russian troops practicing encircling maneuvers with heavy armor and paratroops against the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation in Donbas, as well as amphibious landing exercises in Crimea, the moves bore all the hallmarks of an invasion in the making.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin poured fuel on the flames in separate phone calls to their Ukrainian counterparts …
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