Russian troops on the Ukraine border should set alarm bells ringing across Europe

The West must be mindful that this standoff could easily morph into a full-blown conflict. 13 April 2021

The deployment of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine is causing deep concern in the capital Kiev but should also trigger alarm bells across Europe. More than 80,000 Russian troops have amassed close to the frontier – a number almost as great as the entire British Army. Protestations from Moscow that this is just a military exercise need to be treated with scepticism given Russia’s history in the region.

Another worrying sign is that Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky says he has tried to defuse the tensions by requesting a direct call to Vladimir Putin but has been ignored.

Russia’s designs on eastern Ukraine have been apparent for years and Moscow has already fought a proxy war by backing separatists in a conflict that has seen more than 14,000 deaths. Mr Putin regards the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in breach of international law as one of the high points of his lengthy presidency.

Indeed, it may be circumstances in Crimea that are fuelling the current stand-off. The region is suffering an acute water shortage because Ukraine cut off a canal system responsible for 85 per cent of the supply to an already arid region. Last year was the driest for more than a century. As a result harvests have failed putting more pressure on Moscow to subsidise Crimea when the Russian economy has been hard hit by the Covid pandemic.

Shortages of raw materials and essentials like water have been the catalysts for wars in the past and the West needs to be mindful that this could turn into a full-blown conflict. It is seen as the first big foreign policy test for Joe Biden but above all this is a European issue. Are its leaders prepared to stand up to President Putin?

6 comments

  • Nothing has changed the Moskali in 500 years, they will always push until they meet steel.

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    • I regret to inform you Redders that the DT, the most reliable paper of record in Britain, is now getting swarmed by kremtrolls in the comments section. The much less reliable but huge circulation DM, has an absolute deluge of kremtrolls posting appalling hatred, gloating at Ukraine’s distress and egging on the tiny poisoner to start killing. It makes me physically sick to read the stuff.
      Ukraine’s hopes lie entirely with the frail old boy in the WH. The EU and Nato will do nothing.

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      • What is DT? Personally I wouldn’t worry too much about fat ass trolls that spend too much time hating on keyboards, they are a small percentage of reality. IMO you also get too much credence to these “squeaky wheels” as we call them. People will say terrible things when they’re not held accountable.

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      • The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. The former being a Conservative broadsheet and the latter being a populist rag.
        I tend to take readers’ comments very seriously, as do all newspaper editors. They are the modern equivalent of ‘readers letters’. When the numbers are overwhelmingly on the putler-groveling spectrum in a paper as serious as the DT, then you know there is a problem. Which is that the far right in Britain is now dominated by putinoid scum. (In the Guardian; a leftist broadsheet for Marxists; the commenters are also pro-putler).
        The reason for this is that putinazi propaganda works like a dream.
        Sure you get the obvious paid troll farm shifts in SP, but most are western based people who actually volunteer to troll on behalf of a psychotic fascist regime, which is incredibly concerning.

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  • “Are its leaders prepared to stand up to President Putin?”

    7 years of burying their collective heads says no, the European leaders will do nothing.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “The West must be mindful that this standoff could easily morph into a full-blown conflict.”
    This means that the West is simply reaping what it sowed … it sowed appeasement and might easily reap war.
    Haven’t we been there once before?
    What will the jellyfish do? I’m afraid that I already know the answer…

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