(RepublicanInformer.com)- World leaders are becoming increasingly concerned that Russia is about to invade its neighbor, Ukraine.
This marks the second time in 2021 that there are apparently serious international concerns about an upcoming invasion. Russian troops that have totaled into the thousands are amassing along the border with Ukraine, which has raised the warning bells for many.
The president of Ukraine just last week even said his government uncovered a recent plot to attempt a coup in his country that was led by Russians.
It’s something that has grabbed the attention of the United States, as Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, recently said:
“We don’t know what President [Vladimir] Putin’s intentions are, but we do know what’s happened in the past. We do know the playbook of trying to cite some illusory provocation from Ukraine or any other country and then using that as an excuse to do what Russia is planning to do all along.”
Many experts, ex-U.S. officials and former diplomats say that it’s a strong possibility that Russia will invade Ukraine with a military action sometime relatively soon. They also cite the fact that Putin apparently holds a “significant advantage” over NATO and the United States as the world is still dealing with the long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ivo Daalder, who served as the U.S. ambassador to NATO between 2009 and 2013, recently told Business Insider:
“There is a major risk of Russian military activity in Ukraine in the next few months. All the signs point to a major build-up of military capability.”
He also explained that the rhetoric coming out of Moscow is “designed to heighten tensions” while also “placing blame on the U.S. and NATO for any possible escalation.”
Daalder isn’t the only person thinking this way, either. Fiona Hill, who served as the National Security Council’s top advisor on Russia during the administration of former President Donald Trump, said Putin was “deadly serious” about attacking Ukraine. She said:
“One way or another, he wants Ukraine neutralized. You’ve got to take it seriously because Russia has crossed the Rubicon many times before when people said they wouldn’t.”
She pointed to specific recent examples such as Russia annexing Crimea back in 2014, its invasion of Georgia back in 2008, or its ongoing support for the rebels in a war that’s taking place in the Donbass region in Ukraine.
To this point, the Kremlin has denied that it’s involved at all in the eastern Ukrainian conflict. Since 2014, that conflict has resulted in more than 13,000 people losing their lives.
According to Hill, Putin believes that the United States and its European allies are weak right now, which provides Russia an “incredible opportunity” that they can exploit. She said Putin “knows none of us want to fight for Ukraine.”
In the last six years, the United States has given Ukraine more than $2.5 billion to use for security measures. While both parties in Congress have expressed support for increasing that number, it’s highly unlikely that the U.S. would want to send military troops in to support Ukraine in the case that Russia did decide to attack.