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Despite the Kremlin’s denials, there’s widespread international acceptance that Russia has been building up their military presence in eastern Ukraine.
Unfortunately, as expressed in the video above, it appears there’s also the belief that the conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatist rebels will probably blow out to become total war.
Already 4,000 people have already died in the conflict says UN figures.
So how did we get to this point of the possibility of a full-scale war in a part of Europe?
- A fragile ceasefire has been in place since early September but it has continually been violated
- Ukraine’s pro-Western leaders and NATO accused Russia this week of sending troops and military equipment into eastern Ukraine but Moscow denies these accusations
- Ukraine believes that a Russia backed offensive is imminent, so Ukraine is deploying their military to meet such a threat
Let’s hope it’s just an game of posturing and bluff from Russia’s aggressive leader Vladimir Putin who is willing – as some analysts say – to see how much he can get away with to further his goals (whatever they may be).
The Russian military has been progressively more aggressive over the past year.
At the same time the Kremlin has increasingly been using anti-Western language.