On Friday, NATO officials announced the alliance was activating part of its Response Force and is sending thousands of troops to countries near Ukraine amid Russia’s assault on the country.
The US and NATO have reaffirmed that they have no plans to send troops into Ukraine to fight Russia. But NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance is prepared to defend “every inch” of NATO territory, which includes countries that border both Russia and Ukraine.
The Response Force consists of 40,000 troops from NATO countries, but Stoltenberg said the alliance wouldn’t be deploying the entire force and did not specify exactly how many troops will be sent to Eastern Europe. The Response Force was first created in 2003, and this marks the first time it has been activated.
On Thursday, President Biden ordered 7,000 troops to be deployed to Germany. In recent weeks, the US has bolstered its forces in the Baltics, Poland, and Romania, which means US troops are not far from the fighting in Ukraine.
Stoltenberg also Friday that NATO countries announced the types of weapons they plan to give to Ukraine as it fights Russia. The Pentagon said the US will “provide additional security assistance” to Ukraine as well. On Thursday, Ukraine’s defense minister pleaded with the US to send Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.
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Meaningless. The Saker thinks NATO will try a probing force from Poland, but I doubt it. Anything is possible, of course, but I believe Russia would easily detect and stop that before it became an Article 5 issue.
Better hope so, because otherwise NATO is in for a beating. Putin already said as much.
Reportedly Chechens going in… Note Moon of Alabama’s report that said so far Russia has only committed maybe 20% of its forces.
Chechen warlord promises shock troops for invasion
We’re going to be in this before any of us knows it…
NATO doesn’t have enough troops to stop Russia.
They may expect large numbers of refugees, though.
The exit of civilians from Mariupol is blocked by fighters of nationalist battalions. There is video evidence of civilians being shot, when they were trying to leave the city, including women and children. On February 26, Ukrainian Banderite forces killed a family, who were trying to leave the city of Mariupol. Then, they opened fire on other civilian cars.
The situation in the city remains tense. While the joint Russian, DPR forces are advancing to the city, members of Bandarite units like Azov and Gaidar are killing civilians who are trying to flee from being ‘hostage’ in the city. While civilians were prohibited to leave the city, more Ukrainian heavy equipment is being deployed on the streets of Mariupol.
Following the advance of the Crimean group of Russian troops, which has passed through Berdyansk, the DPR forces reportedly managed to cut off Volnovakha from Mariupol and now can target the route to Mariupol. Ukrainian forces are close to surrounding the city. The combined DPR/Russian troops will set up civilian corridors as they did in Syria.
In the night of 25 to 26 February 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed a ceasefire proposal to Russia via the Chinese Embassy in Kiev.
The Kremlin immediately informed him of its terms:
arrest of all Banderites (special military adviser Dmitro Yarosh, Azov Battalion, etc.),
removal of all street names and monuments glorifying WW2 collaborators (Stepan Bandera, etc.),
surrender of weapons.
Which of course would then lead to war crimes tribunals where most of the Western leaders would be presented for crimes against humanity, specifically the crimes of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
More posturing impotence. US could have stopped this by stop supporting its Nazi battalions that have been killing Russian speaking civilians for 8 years. Yesterday the Ukrainian drug addict in chief, himself from Donbass and a tribal fellow at that, signalled that he wanted neutrality negotiations, Russia accepted but US told him to shut up and we havn’t heard from him since. Now he’s hiding in a bunker.
US clearly want this war but not the Russian way by not engaging or killing civilians and by keeping sewage, water, electricity, internet and infrastructure functioning. Shutting down those things is the US way of warfare. Russians loves their ukranian relatives and don’t want them any harm. The objective is deNazification.
Looks like NATO wants another Afghan moment lol , NATO is useless unless it is fighting unarmed civilians .
Nah, don’t give ‘um the short shrift, they also raid, steal, and occasionally murder………………………………………………………..
They are very good at multi-tasking!
“I don’t want a pickle, just want to ride my motor cycle,
I don’t want to die, just want to ride my motor cy-….-arlo guthrie
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