Russian forces buildup near Ukraine border forced US European command to raise its watch level to ‘potential imminent crisis’.
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The discovery of a buildup of Russian troops and heavy equipment near the border of Ukraine has prompted United States European Command to raise its watch level from ‘possible crisis’ to ‘potential imminent crisis’.
The situation in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine seem to be escalating, as there are signs that the current ceasefire will soon come to an end. Russia seem to be amassing more troops near the border, while also deploying new equipment. Artillery fire has increased and recently Russian negotiators warned that peace talks might fail. It is believed that Russia has around 4,000 troops near the border of Ukraine.
This could be a test for the new US administration to analyze Biden’s commitment towards defending Ukraine.
This could be posturing, but the Kremlin is testing the new administration.Frederick B. Hodges, former top U.S. Army commander in Europe.
The Biden administration already spoke to Andriy Yermak, a top adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky regarding the situation.
On February, the Russian military announced that it conducted a military drill of paratrooper drops in Crimea. Ukraine sees this as a potential of another Russian incursion. When Russia captured Crimea back in 2014, through the help of local separatists, Ukraine cut off the supply of water to the peninsula, creating a water shortage which is still ongoing.
In response to the Russian military drill, Ukraine also conducted a military drill, where they simulated defending the flatland between the river and Crimea against air and sea attacks.