Leaders and government officials around the world are sounding alarm bells that Russia appears poised to launch an attack on Ukraine at any moment. Though the Kremlin has publicly refuted these allegations, large-scale troop movements along the Ukraine border — and the recent history of Russian military incursions into Ukraine — point toward an imminent conflict. Yahoo News National Security Correspondent Zach Dorfman explains the context of the growing crisis and the uncertain path forward
– US officials believe Russia is laying the groundwork to invade Ukraine.
– More than 100,000 Russian troops remain deployed on Ukraine’s borders.
– The Kremlin insists it’s for drills and training. But the West fears Russia is on a war [? footing. ?]
JEN PSAKI: We’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine.
ZACH DORFMAN: People talk about Russia invading Ukraine. That’s not what’s happening. Russia is basically already at war with Ukraine. It is not a Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is another Russian invasion of Ukraine.
– This war has been going on for years now. It’s not reported much, but there’s still fighting every day.
ZACH DORFMAN: The Russians invaded Ukraine in 2014 and annexed part of sovereign Ukrainian territory and then backed pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country that have basically also carved out a piece of the country. So it’s important to think about this as a continuation of a process that began in 2014. The kind of troops and equipment that are being moved are precisely those that you would expect to proceed a land invasion of Ukraine.
Over time, what the Russians have done is they’ve moved those troops there under different kinds of cover– for instance, training exercises. But then what you’d normally do is you take the heavy equipment that is used in those drills and you put them back where they came from. But in this case, the stuff is staying.