Russia Ukraine war could be possible yet again. Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, raised alarm bells on Thursday. He said that Moscow has stationed thousands of military along with the Russia-backed rebels in the annexed Crimea and Eastern Ukraine border.
Kyiv has reached out to the Western Allies such as the United States. The Secretary of Defence of the US, Lloyd Austin, was also contacted.
In a statement, Zelensky said,
“Muscle-flexing in the form of military exercises and possible provocations along the border are traditional Russian games.”
Military intelligence of Ukraine, suggests that at least 2000 Russian troops are involved in the Eastern Border along with 28000 rebels. The Russian forces are trying to penetrate into the Eastern Ukraine territory especially in the region of Donetsk, and Lugansk.
The US Department of State released a statement and objected to the Russian provocation and aggression on the border. The US has basically rallied its support to Ukraine and cleared that in case of a conflict, Ukraine would not be left alone. In fact, the US troops in Europe have already raised their alert status following the incident.
Among all these, Moscow has clearly dismissed all the claims and said there isn’t any nefarious design to enter into the Ukrainian territory. However, the ground reality is different. However, it may have a different political explanation as well. Kremlin must be testing the waters of the Biden Administration. Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin do not really have a good repo. Kremlin might want to see the resolve of the US under Biden if and when they do some limited military action in Eastern Ukraine.
But will Russia take some military action just to test the resolve of Biden? Well, one never knows with Russia. However, it also comes with the risk of sanctions. The European Union might also slap additional sanctions and that could hurt the already struggling Russian economy. Will Moscow risk it?
Russia Ukraine war-like situation originated in 2014. A massive protest uprooted the Kremlin-friendly President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Russia then annexed Crimea, a strategic naval base and port, near the Eastern Ukraine, area held by the Moscow-backed separatists.
This year alone the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has cost 20 lives of Ukrainian servicemen and wounded 57 others. Since, 2014, the United Nation reports suggest 13000 death.