U.S. intelligence services have concluded that Russia continues to muster a major military force on its border with Ukraine. A couple of days ago, it emerged that a major Russian naval force is also positioned in the Black Sea, equipped with five amphibious assault ships that could be used to land troops on Ukraine’s southern coast, U.S. officials said. Now, data from the Washington Post showed that, on Tuesday, Russian warships sailed to the Black Sea. The Russian navy, according to data from the American newspaper, reported that the ships were intended to be used in a series of exercises.
Aljazeera even reported that Russia had already announced that its navy would organize these movements and that they would involve all its fleets in January and February.” The ships are scheduled to cross Turkey’s straits into the Black Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Turkish sources said,” the outlet read. Still, the issue is still worrying European leaders.
“The problem has not yet been solved,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters in Washington. “President Macron’s visit to Moscow was important, but it has not produced a miracle,” he added. To try to calm Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Moscow on Monday to try to reach an agreement and avoid an escalation in the region.
He said it was possible to “advance peace negotiations with Russia and Ukraine,” but Russia apparently disagreed with those claims. “We do not feel or see the willingness of our Western partners to take our concerns into account,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
The matter seems to get worse with the days: two weeks ago, a total of 60 battalions of the Russian army were positioned to the north, east, and south of Ukraine, particularly in the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed after an invasion in 2014. But by Friday there were already 80 battalions and 14 more were on their way from other parts of Russia, U.S. officials said.
Ukraine prepares its military for war
Faced with the uncertainty of the situation and in response, Ukraine continues to prepare its military for war. There are many civilians who every weekend receive courses to train in military training with the aim of being able to assist the Ukrainian Army in the event of the Russian invasion. The people preparing are civil servants, men, and women of all ages who are learning to use weapons to fight in the event of an invasion.
Fear means that many citizens of Ukraine are also preparing with suitcases and emergency kits. In addition, they requested international help so they began to receive weapons from Western countries with anti-tank systems that arrive from the United States and the United Kingdom, in addition to ammunition from the Baltic states.