HORRIFIC DESTRUCTION: Will Russia Invade Ukraine … ’tis the question

The U.S. top officials, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said this past Friday that Russia now has enough military forces to move into Ukraine not limited to its largest of cities.

U.S. leaders are now urging Moscow to seek out a peaceful resolution to the crisis with Ukraine, which Russia has created.  Also, NATO allies have stated that the U.S. was ready to help protect NATO nations bordering Ukraine.

Reporters were told by Austin that Russian military forces have “progressed at a consistent and steady pace” for months as the Kremlin has deployed forces to Crimea and all along Ukraine’s border, including in Belarus.

The U.S. top officials, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said this past Friday that Russia now has enough military forces to move into Ukraine not limited to its largest of cities.

U.S. leaders are now urging Moscow to seek out a peaceful resolution to the crisis with Ukraine, which Russia has created.  Also, NATO allies have stated that the U.S. was ready to help protect NATO nations bordering Ukraine.

Reporters were told by Austin that Russian military forces have “progressed at a consistent and steady pace” for months as the Kremlin has deployed forces to Crimea and all along Ukraine’s border, including in Belarus.

“We don’t believe that President Putin has made a final decision to use these forces against Ukraine. He clearly now has that capability, and there are multiple options available to him,” Austin said. “Including the seizure of cities and significant territories” or “provocative political acts like the recognition of breakaway territories.”

Milley, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, stated that the Russian government has amassed more than “100,000 ground forces, air forces, naval forces, special forces, cyber, electronic warfare, command and control, logistics, engineers and other capabilities along the Ukraine border.” “Including the seizure of cities and significant territories” or “provocative political acts like the recognition of breakaway territories.”

Milley, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, stated that the Russian government has amassed more than “100,000 ground forces, air forces, naval forces, special forces, cyber, electronic warfare, command and control, logistics, engineers and other capabilities along the Ukraine border.”

This is a very confusing time with all the ifs. Will Russia invade Ukraine, or will they not invade. I cannot imagine Russia going through all this drama making history and not invading Ukraine. Putin says he will not invade, but tell me had the former KGB Putin ever truly been honest?

So, I ask you, will Russia invade Ukraine?

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  1. I don’t trust U.S. General Mark Milley. He lied about something important, but the topic doesn’t immediately come to mind. Maybe something about “racial equity”–or maybe “gender equity.”

    More caffeine, please.

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    1. I do not trust Milley either. I forgot what he did and you are not the only one who needs more coffee. I know he was accused of lying. He is also very controversial and a political pawn. He will do what he has to at the expense of our troops.

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  2. I’m not sure I understand why we Americans should care whether Russia invades Ukraine, or not. BUT, to put this discussion into a perspective that even most Americans can understand, how did the U.S. respond to the U.S.S.R.’s placement of ICBMs in Cuba c.1961-1962? Sixty years later, why is the Russian’s similar response to NATO weapons inside Ukraine any different?

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    1. Mustang – good points to consider. For my part, with regard to what is explicitly going to have an effect on our deployed forces [the general public will bend with the political winds regardless]…..I’m more concerned about our increased support for UAE against Houthi attacks.

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      1. @Constitutional Insurgent All I can say besides, agree, is what the heck is this world coming to. Wars, rumors of war, and depending on your religious beliefs or lack there of I as a Christian do believe we are living and seeing the beginnings of the end of days.

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        1. Perhaps. Though I don’t really have a religious foundation, I have wondered if some recent events have lined up with multiple prophesies [the Bible being one of them]. And I think there certainly are some alignments in social and economic circles…but I don’t think that war and violence overall, have increased exponentially.

          In his book, The Better Angels of our Nature, Steven Pinker noted that violent deaths per 100,000 people has declined dramatically in both State and Non-State societies since the 1840’s [and really on that glide path before that]….and while State v. State conflicts have risen since WWII, the number of conflicts between ‘Great Powers’ has been nearly nil.

          So, sort of a mixed bag for me. I remain ‘prepared’ for a host of calamitous circumstances, but I couldn’t prognosticate anything specific.

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    2. @Mustang I agree but forgive me Mustang, this makes for good blog fodder. I do think some Americans care. I did, but after learning things about the military, war, our nation, and others off Fixed Bayonets! and you, I honestly do not care anymore. Note how my posts have changed, but at the same time, I do want intelligent conversation, which for the most part I have been blessed with.

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      1. I know! Look, surely by now even the dumbest in DoS or DoD understand that all nations behave in ways that reflect their understanding of their own best interests. That means that we (NATO) could easily place ourselves in Russia’s position (and we have been in that position in the past) and then ask, “Does it make sense — if one intends to maintain cordial relationships with other countries — to threaten them by placing missiles within mere minutes of their capital cities?” Now, if even the most moronic expert in either State or Defense can figure this out, then why is NATO pushing Russia’s buttons?

        This question extends beyond Russia and the Black Sea. We regularly send our carrier groups into the South China Sea to “assert” our dominance in that region. This behavior led the Chinese to create a series of artificial off-shore islands … as a defensive outer perimeter. Now might be the time to ask how the US might feel if suddenly a Chinese carrier group began operating in the Gulf of Mexico by conducting flight operations within reach of the US landmass.

        What do we prefer? A less-tense global environment, or everyone on edge?

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  3. This may be simplistic but sounds to me as if the US is still operating on post WW11 strategies. Or even post Korean War strategies. The Eisenhower Era was a corrupt one for many reasons and created a bubble of fear that ripples within our government and citizenry to date. It makes no sense. That was then, this is now.

    As to Ukraine let Ukraine deal with it and keep the US troops out. With Biden at the helm, he will send our troops to hell!

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  4. @Constitutional Insurgent I understand what you are saying. It is true for the most part and I also believe people behaved in a similar fashion since the beginning of time. In that sense the art of being human no matter what era when it comes to war has not changed dramatically. Now as to character and morals, though they seem lacking today this also goes back centuries. The Bible says that there is not anything new to man (Paraphrased).

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