US Moves Warships into Position as New War Between Russia and Ukraine About to Break Out

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As the rest of us have been focused on the border crisis, vaccines and the economy, the situation in eastern Europe has been spinning out of control. 

Hundreds of thousands of Russian troops are gathered near Ukraine and NATO officials believe that a large war could break out within days. 

Massive troop buildings along the Ukrainian border have Russia poised for a full-scale invasion if it gets the go-ahead from leader Vladimir Putin. 

The United States recently announced it is sending warships to the Black Sea in support of Ukraine. 

The growing crisis comes in light of ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine including years of fighting between Kiev and Russian-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine. 

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Russia Prepares to Invade

The Democrats may have been lying about former President Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia, but it’s true that Moscow doesn’t always play nice. Legions of 95,000 troops including armored divisions, rocket batteries and heavy artillery are poised to aggressively invade Ukraine in the coming days. 

Ukrainian reserve troops have been ordered into deployment near the border and our military’s European Operations Command (EUCOM) rates the risk of conflict as an “imminent crisis.”

War broke out in 2014 after the ousting of Ukraine’s pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych. Russian-backed rebels in the east waged war along the 1,500 mile border as Russian troops also stealthily moved in an annexed Crimea. 

The death toll since 2014 stands around 14,000, but that could be dwarfed by what’s coming. At least ten massive Russian warships are headed to the Caspian Sea to support land forces.

Russia says it’s all just normal training.

“As part of the winter training check, more than 10 amphibious and artillery boats and vessels of the southern military district are conducting an inter-fleet move from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea,” the Russian Ministry of Defence said. 

US Deploys Warships

As Biden’s foreign policy approach continues to spiral out of control, the US is now on the defensive trying to prevent a conflict and will send two warships through Turkey to stay in the Black Sea until next month. 

“A notice was sent to us 15 days ago via diplomatic channels that two U.S. warships would pass to the Black Sea in line with the Montreux Convention. The ships will remain in the Black Sea until May 4,” Turkey announced.

This show of force hasn’t impressed Russia, however, who said they will be monitoring the ships every inch they travel and welcome their presence. 

The situation between Russia and Ukraine is definitely worsening and it’s clear that Ukraine will be overwhelmed if Russia invades. This would then create a real crisis among the QUINT nations, an informal NATO alliance with particularly strong support and focus on Ukraine consisting of the UK, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and the USA. 

The crisis would be how strongly to respond and whether NATO would take action. Russia holds most of the cards here, and as their annexation of Crimea shows, they can move swiftly and decisively with little interest in foreign reaction if Russian leader Vladimir Putin gives the green light. 

The US could have a role to play if it had stronger leadership, but with Biden’s foreign policy being run from behind the scenes by VP Kamala Harris and a lazy internationalist with no backbone called Tony Blinken running the State Department, things are not looking good. 

America needs to put its foot down and demand deescalation in Ukraine now. Two old warships headed to the Black Sea is not enough to persuade Russia to stop its aggressive troop positioning.