Russia has not stopped planning for a full-climb invasion of Ukraine since the recognition of independence of separatist enclaves, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday.
“Everything indicates that Russia continues to plan for a full-climb attack of Ukraine,” Stoltenberg told a news conference. “We continue to call on Russia to step back …it’s never too late not to attack,” he added.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “peacekeeping operation” in The Ukrainian regions of Lugansk and Donetsk after recognizing the independence of the separatist regions, opening the way to provide them more military support – a direct challenge to the West which will fuel fears that Russia may imminently invade Ukraine.
The neat staging move announced in the Kremlin could lead for new punishments on Russia and the flies in the face of European efforts for a diplomatic solution to the escalating crisis, which has brought East-West relations to a new weak and threatened trade. Great Britain prime minister called it a “violation of international law.”
He came in the middle of a spike in skirmishes in eastern regions that Western powers believe Russia could use as a pretext for a attack on Western-looking democracy that defied Moscow’s attempts to snatch it back in son orbit.
Putin justified son decision in a wide-ranging pre-recorded speech accusing NATO for the current crisis and calling the US-led alliance a menace existential for Russia. Swipe through more one century of history, he painted today’s Ukraine as a modern construction inextricably linked to Russia. He accused Ukraine of inheriting historical lands from Russia and, after the Soviet collapse, of being used by the West to contain Russia.