Putin is preparing a Russian blitzkrieg and nuclear blackmail to re-establish the Soviet Union on the EU’s southern border.
VLADIMIR PUTIN is preparing a “blitzkrieg” against Ukraine in the face of rising tensions between Moscow and Kiev, as well as “nuclear blackmail” to resurrect the USSR on the EU’s southern border.
Moscow will try to use peace talks with the US as a cover for “large-scale military preparations” along Ukraine’s border, according to papers reportedly from Ukrainian intelligence.
It warns that attempting to “pacify” Mr Putin “could lead to the growth of Russian regional aggression and a real world war, and is a real threat to the destruction of Western democracy.”
The papers, which look at Russian military training, claim that strike units, airborne forces, and special forces are being prepared for a modern blitzkrieg against Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries.
According to the Mirror, Ukrainian intelligence believes Russia has “opted for a nuclear blackmail strategy.”
These include “spreading armed conflicts with hybrid war elements, intensifying espionage, provocations, and sabotage, economic pressure, and spreading global corruption” across the Western world.
Ukraine has warned that this is part of a plan to “neutralize western influence and create a trading space” in order to re-establish ties with the Soviet Union.
Last year, tensions between Moscow and Kiev reached a breaking point after Russia amassed more troops near the disputed border.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has killed over 14,000 people since 2014.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, warned in September that an all-out war with Russia was a “possibility.”
“I think there can be,” Mr Zelenskiy said at the Yalta European Strategy (YES) summit.
“It’s the worst-case scenario, but it does exist.”
Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, warned that if tensions between Moscow and Kiev continue to rise, a repeat of the Cuban missile crisis could occur.
“You know, it could get to that,” he admitted.
“If things stay the same, it’s entirely possible that you’ll wake up one day and find yourself in a situation similar to this.”
After Moscow accused Ukraine of moving heavy artillery to the front lines of fighting with pro-Russian separatists and failing to engage in a peace process, he made his comments.
Kiev has denied Russian accusations that it plans to retake territory by force, and Mr Zelenskiy expressed optimism in December that a new ceasefire agreement could be reached.
Mr Putin called threats of invasion “provocative,” accusing Ukraine and NATO of inflaming tensions.
Valery Gerasimov, the head of Russia’s armed forces, was in charge.
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