If the Kremlin thinks that they’re going to succeed in whatever goals they’ve transformed into setting for the invasion of Ukraine, they’ll need to resort to some drastic measures to do so.
The conflict has become the de facto Third World War, and a proxy war at that. The west is supplying Ukraine with most of what it needs to incapacitate the Soviet-era equipment that Russia is rattling the rust off on the front lines.
But the Kremlin is cruel. We’ve known this for some time. And their latest threats are not only commemorating the one-year anniversary of the conflict’s start, but painting a rather ominous picture of what comes next.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Moscow would take great measures to overshadow anti-Russia events allegedly being planned by the West to mark the war’s anniversary on Feb. 24.
“Our diplomacy will do everything to ensure that the anti-Russian sabbaths planned for the end of February — as if timed to coincide with the anniversary of the special military operation, both in New York and at other sites that the West is now actively working on together with the Kyiv regime — so that this will not turn out to be the only events that will gain the world’s attention,” the country’s top envoy said in a wide-ranging interview to state TV Russia 24 and RIA Novosti.
And that’s not all.
Vladimir Putin’s chief representative revealed that Russia is working on “reports” detailing the events of the past year surrounding the invasion of Ukraine, including allegations of “direct participation” of the US in the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline linking Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
Ukraine is preparing for the worst.
Kyiv expects Putin to “attempt something” on Feb. 24, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told France’s BFM network.
According to Reznikov, Russia has massed “close to 500,000 troops” in preparation for the looming onslaught, which the minister said could take place on two fronts: in the Donbas region in the east and in the south.
Ukraine’s request for western F-16 fighter jets was recently denied by Germany, the US, and others, thanks in no small part to concerns over how Russia would react to the move.