KIEV: Russia still has enough troops along Ukraine's border to mount a
major incursion, NATO's top commander said on Wednesday, and Moscow is
using its military might to affect political developments inside
Ukraine. US Gen Philip Breedlove said a large number of Russian
troops are also active inside Ukraine, training and advising separatist
rebels. Moscow has routinely denied it played any direct role in the conflict in Ukraine, which has claimed more than 4,000 lives. Breedlove spoke during a brief visit to Kiev, where he met with top
officials to discuss continued NATO assistance for Ukraine in its fight
against Russian-backed separatists in the east. ``We are going
to help Ukraine's military to increase its capacities and capabilities
through interaction with US and European command,'' he said, adding that
it ``will make them ever more interoperable with our forces.'' Ukraine has received multiple pledges of military support from Western
nations, but has been frustrated by Washington's reluctance to promise
any lethal equipment. But a senior aide to President Barack Obama said
last week that he believes the US should consider giving lethal
defensive equipment to Ukraine. Tony Blinken, deputy US
national security adviser, said he believed Washington ought to consider
strengthening Ukrainian forces as a message to Moscow. Providing
defensive military equipment to Ukraine has broad support in the US
Congress. The Ukrainian armed advance against rebel forces
ground to a halt and was substantially reversed over the summer as
government troops found themselves faced by a well-equipped and
determined foe. ``This international border is completely wide
open and maintained open by Russian forces, so that forces, supplies,
money, fighters can move across at will,'' Breedlove said. A truce was agreed in early September but fighting continues daily in several areas of eastern Ukraine
Brother, Prabhat Kumar Singh, You said it all. I wasted
my time, I guess. Obama has no power to enter into basically, Putin's
territory. Germany has been reluctant from the day, one. Ukraine has
been a football for Western powers for as long as I remember. Make it a
play ground for angry and hungry Europeans. Ukraine may survive, as a
nation, provided, the powers that be, cede portion of their geographical
real estate to Russia, or the Russian migrants, whose opinions vary
from those of Ukraine government. I don't feel comfortable with a
suggested bifurcation, willingly or with a little help from Uncle Putin.
It all started with Barack Obama's first term as a president. Hilary
Clinton, being the Secretary of State, playing dirty games with Russian
dissidents, over small or large, public demonstrations in Moscow. CIA
is, mostly responsible to stage manage these events. Why are American
presidents making Putin as an evil person?
You tell me. Take your
time. No hurry. Putin is patient, so far. When at G20 summit in
Australia, these Putin-haters, ignored him, they laid the foundation of
Putin's future plans. One being, bloody their very red, Oops, blue
noses. If I were Putin, I would drive them over a cliff.
Old wine in a new bottle?
U.S. Joins Ukraine Incursion Concern as Putin Hits Back
By James G. Neuger, Daria Marchak and Gopal Ratnam Aug 6, 2014 7:42 PM
The U.S. joined NATO and Poland in warning about the risk of Russia
sending troops into Ukraine. Russia called reports of a military buildup
on its western border “groundless” and hit back at sanctions against
The threat of an incursion is “reality,” U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck
Hagel said yesterday in Germany. Earlier, the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization said there’s a threat of Russian troops crossing the border
under the “pretext” of a humanitarian or peacekeeping mission. Russia
ordered limits on food imports from nations that have sanctioned it.
“When you see the buildup of these troops, the sophistication and
training of these troops, the heavy military equipment that’s being put
on the border, of course it’s a reality and it’s a possibility,” Hagel
told reporters at the headquarters of the U.S. European Command in
The standoff over Ukraine is intensifying in the wake of tighter U.S.
and European Union sanctions on Russia, with President Vladimir Putin
ordering economic retaliation in the form of agricultural-import bans.
In Ukraine’s easternmost regions, government troops are pressing ahead
with an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents that prompted officials
in Kiev to say this week that victory was near.