Russia and Ukraine both step up military alert with fight drills By Reuters

© Reuters. SUBMIT PICTURE: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu participates in the opening event of the International military-technical online forum “Army-2021” at Patriot Congress and Exhibition Centre in Moscow Region, Russia, Aug. 23, 2021. Sputnik/Ramil Sitdikov/Kremlin through


By Alexander Marrow and Pavel Polityuk

MOSCOW/KYIV (Reuters) – Russia staged military drills in the Black Sea, south of Ukraine, on Wednesday and stated it required to hone the combat-readiness of its traditional and nuclear forces since of increased NATO activity near its borders.

Ukraine, which with its ally the United States has stated it thinks Russia might be preparing an intrusion, staged workouts of its own near the border with Belarus.

The boost of military activity on both sides follows weeks of increasing stress that have actually raised the danger of war in between the 2 neighbours, despite the fact that Russia rejects aggressive intent and Western intelligence sources have actually informed Reuters they do not see any intrusion as impending.

The United States and NATO have actually indicated their support for Ukraine in manner ins which Moscow thinks about intriguing, consisting of through warship manoeuvres this month in the Black Sea and a shipment of U.S. patrol boats to the Ukrainian navy.

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

Russian fighter aircrafts and ships practiced warding off air attacks on marine bases and reacting with air campaign throughout military drills on Wednesday in the Black Sea, Interfax reported.

Separately, the news company priced estimate Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as stating the requirement for Russia to more establish its militaries was determined by “the complicated military and political conditions in the world and the growing activity of NATO countries near Russia’s borders”.

He stated raising the militaries’ abilities, supporting the fight preparedness of nuclear forces and reinforcing the capacity of non-nuclear deterrence were amongst the top priorities.

Shoigu on Tuesday grumbled that U.S. bombers had actually practiced a nuclear strike on Russia from 2 various instructions previously this month and grumbled that the aircrafts had actually come too close the Russian border, drills the Pentagon stated had actually abided by global procedures.


Ukraine on Wednesday held what it called a “special operation” at the border with Belarus, consisting of drone workouts and military drills for anti-tank and air-borne systems.

It has actually released 8,500 additional soldiers to its border with Belarus, stating it fears being drawn into the migrant crisis, which has actually seen the European Union implicate Minsk of flying in individuals from the Middle East and pressing them to go into neighbouring Poland. Belarus rejects fomenting the crisis.

Kyiv likewise frets that the border with Belarus, a close Russian ally, might be utilized by Russia to stage a military attack.

The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence informed the Military Times outlet this weekend that Russia had more than 92,000 soldiers massed around Ukraine’s borders and was getting ready for an attack by the end of January or start of February.

Moscow has actually dismissed such tips as inflammatory, stated it was not threatening anybody and safeguarded its right to release its soldiers as it wanted.

Intelligence sources, diplomats and experts state Moscow might be utilizing the escalation of stress with Ukraine as part of a broader method to put in pressure in Europe, consisting of by support Belarus in the migrant crisis and utilizing its impact as the continent’s leading gas provider to push for fast regulative approval of its brand-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,” stated 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.”


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