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In Russia-Ukraine faceoff, both sides stage combat drills


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MOSCOW/KYIV — Russia staged military drills in the Black Sea, south of Ukraine, on Wednesday and said it needed to sharpen the combat-readiness of its conventional and nuclear forces because of heightened NATO activity near its borders.

Ukraine, which says it believes Russia may be preparing an invasion, held exercises of its own near the frontier with Belarus. An independent Russian investigative group posted photos and videos it said showed movements of tanks and other military vehicles in southern Russia in the past few days.


The increase of military activity on both sides follows weeks of rising tension that have raised the risk of war https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/qa-what-is-risk-war-between-russia-ukraine-2021-11-23 between the two ex-Soviet neighbors, even though Russia denies aggressive intent and Western intelligence sources have told Reuters they do not see any invasion as imminent.

Ukraine is not a NATO member but the United States and the alliance have signaled their backing for Kyiv in ways that Moscow considers provocative, including through warship maneuvers this month in the Black Sea and a delivery of U.S. patrol boats to the Ukrainian navy.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told Reuters it would be “a grave mistake from Russia” to attack Ukraine.

Estonian Foreign Minister Kaja Kallas said the European Union must make it clear to Russia that there would be a high price to pay if it acted against Ukraine, urging the EU to quickly agree on how to deter Moscow.

In Wednesday’s exercises in the Black Sea, Russian fighter planes and ships practiced repelling air attacks on naval bases and responding with air strikes, Interfax reported.

Separately, the news agency quoted Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying the need for Russia to further develop its armed forces was dictated by “the complicated military and political conditions in the world and the growing activity of NATO countries near Russia’s borders.”

He said raising the armed forces’ capabilities, supporting the combat preparedness of nuclear forces and strengthening the potential of non-nuclear deterrence are among the priorities.


Shoigu complained on Tuesday that U.S. bombers had rehearsed a nuclear strike on Russia from two different directions earlier this month, and that the planes had come too close to the Russian border. The Pentagon said these drills adhered to international protocols.

UKRAINIAN ‘SPECIAL OPERATION’

Ukraine, which has tilted towards the West since a popular uprising ousted a pro-Russian president in 2014, on Wednesday held what it called a “special operation” at the border with Belarus, including drone exercises and military drills for anti-tank and airborne units.

It has deployed 8,500 extra troops to its boundary with Belarus, saying it fears being drawn into a migrant crisis which has seen the European Union accuse Minsk of flying in people from the Middle East and pushing them to enter neighboring Poland. Belarus denies fomenting the crisis.


Kyiv also worries that the border with Belarus, a close Russian ally, could be used by Moscow to stage a military assault.

The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence told the Military Times outlet last weekend that Russia had more than 92,000 troops massed around Ukraine’s borders and was preparing for an attack by the end of January or beginning of February.

Moscow has dismissed such suggestions as inflammatory, said it was not threatening anyone and defended its right to deploy its troops as it wished.

The Conflict Intelligence Team, an independent Russian investigative group, posted video and photos on its website showing movements of tanks, infantry combat vehicles and howitzers this month near Voronezh, about 190 km (120 miles) from the Ukrainian border, and a new concentration of army vehicles at a training ground to the south of the city.



It also posted what it said was video evidence of military trains carrying infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers in the past two days to Valuyki, 23 km from the Ukrainian border.

The group said Russian troops had been arriving as well in Crimea, the peninsula seized by Russia from Ukraine in 2014.

It said its assessment was that Russian troops would be ready for potential operations inside Ukraine no earlier than the start of next year.

Intelligence sources, diplomats and analysts have told Reuters that Moscow may be using the escalation as part of a wider strategy to exert pressure in Europe, including by backing Belarus in the migrant crisis and parlaying its influence as the continent’s top gas supplier into pressure for quick regulatory approval of its new Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany.

“It feels… more like another piece of coercive leverage that the Russians are heaping onto this strategic situation in Eastern Europe,” said Samir Puri, senior fellow in hybrid warfare at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

“It may well have value in that alone, rather than having to be followed through with a full-scale invasion which would be politically disastrous for Putin.”

(Additional reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Writing by Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

 
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Those whom you call as Muslims counting on American help are not Muslims but a bunch of sell outs.

USA has invaded holy site of Muslims. Any Muslim cooperating with USA deserves to die.
 

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Those whom you call as Muslims counting on American help are not Muslims but a bunch of sell outs.

USA has invaded holy site of Muslims. Any Muslim cooperating with USA deserves to die.
Chill out bro. I am not advocating for anything here and there is no US in holy sites calm down. I am just saying this would be there next move. Didn't say it would materialize but this would be there next move to counter China-Russo alliance. It will also comes down to who could charm best or to make better deals
 

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Those whom you call as Muslims counting on American help are not Muslims but a bunch of sell outs.

USA has invaded holy site of Muslims. Any Muslim cooperating with USA deserves to die.
lolz ha you do know Iran cooperated with USA during invasion of iraq.
 

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lolz ha you do know Iran cooperated with USA during invasion of iraq.
It was sponsored by Persian Gulf Sheiks.

Where the hell was Iranian role?

In only One case the reformist traitors tried to help usa during us invasion of Afghanistan and their decision was blocked by the supreme leader.
Chill out bro. I am not advocating for anything here and there is no US in holy sites calm down. I am just saying this would be there next move. Didn't say it would materialize but this would be there next move to counter China-Russo alliance. It will also comes down to who could charm best or to make better deals
The Anglo invasion of Quds.

Thanks for the clarification.
 

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Russia will lose this war to Ukraine. Ukraine of 2021/2022 is not the same as the Ukraine of 2014.
 

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The Anglo invasion of Quds.

Thanks for the clarification.
We still have Quds with us today. It is in our custodianship that is the deal with Israel and the nearby states. They don't wanna break the status quo if they were to attempt war could break out but they won't do it as for the city itself is with Israel currently. It will change hands in the future I am not to bother about that and currently Israel is not a threat nor existential threat to us hence there is new agreements with them and we feel threat is coming from other places that needs to be dealt with. The world is constantly changing the enemy of tomorrow may not be anymore the enemy of today if other enemies emerge. The geopolitical dynamics always shifts
 
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It was sponsored by Persian Gulf Sheiks.

Where the hell was Iranian role?

In only One case the reformist traitors tried to help usa during us invasion of Afghanistan and their decision was blocked by the supreme leader.

The Anglo invasion of Quds.

Thanks for the clarification.
not ment to offend you but i watched a documentary few years back and the was couple of ayatollahs in the black garb seemed high up in the rank talking out working usa to get revenge.
 

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not ment to offend you but i watched a documentary few years back and the was couple of ayatollahs in the black garb seemed high up in the rank talking out working usa to get revenge.
Not every Mullah is an Ayatollah.

You cannot judge everyone by words of a minority. Not every Mullah is a good Mullah, not evey teacher is a good teacher, not every engineer is a good engineer etc.

I can show you some extremists insulting Sunni figures in the name of Shias and vise versa. Would you conclude they represent almost 2 billion Muslims?

Why are you judging everyone based upon words of an idiot?

Saddam was a CIA stooge and they removed him at his expiry date.

There are people in Iran who advocate western tune on every occasion. Does that represent our leadership?

You need to take care, i can also show you twitter or youtube videos in which they are forging words and Books of Imam Khomeini, telling lies in his name non stop. Don't believe whatever you hear, we have an strong enemy called Jews. They are bests at forging reality, making wars and seditions among brothers etc.
 

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Not every Mullah is an Ayatollah.

You cannot judge everyone by words of a minority. Not every Mullah is a good Mullah, not evey teacher is a good teacher, not every engineer is a good engineer etc.

I can show you some extremists insulting Sunni figures in the name of Shias and vise versa. Would you conclude they represent almost 2 billion Muslims?

Why are you judging everyone based upon words of an idiot?

Saddam was a CIA stooge and they removed him at his expiry date.

There are people in Iran who advocate western tune on every occasion. Does that represent our leadership?

You need to take care, i can also show you twitter or youtube videos in which they are forging words and Books of Imam Khomeini, telling lies in his name non stop. Don't believe whatever you hear, we have an strong enemy called Jews. They are bests at forging reality, making wars and seditions among brothers etc.
sorry g sorry maaf karo.
 

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