The Russia-Ukraine face off is remindful of the Russia-U.S. cold war. Began immediately after World War II and ran till the Soviet Union breakup in 1991.
Especially in the 1950’s and 1960’s. War was a constant threat. We felt it and I’m sure the Russian people did also.
The most “face to face” stand off occurred during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. When U.S. and Russian ships were nose to nose in Caribbean waters. War looked like a sure thing.
Russia blinked at the last minute and turned back. When war was seconds away.
One significant difference between today’s possible war and that between the U.S. and Russia way back when. The war would have involved ground troops, as well as air, naval and missile. Wars were primarily fought with ground troops back then.
Why Putin has amassed 190,000 military is more for show than anything else. A Russia-Ukraine conflict will involve air, missiles and cyber warfare. Cyber warfare will be the big thing.
Russia’s ground troops will go into the Ukraine initially and stay for awhile. However I cannot understand how 190,000 of them are required.
Note that Putin is personally showing off this weekend. He is participating in nuclear war games exercises in Ukraine waters wearing the full military regalia of the top Russian commander.
The guy is amazing.
An update of the Russia-Ukraine situation at the moment.
Biden warns of imminent war. Like maybe this coming week.
Putin began claiming a withdrawal of a certain number of the 150,000 troops last week. He was lying. He actually increased the number to 190,000.
Putin is playing war similar to World War II and some 40 years thereafter.
The Russian people have been kept in the dark. They first became aware of the “war” problem in the past 36 hours. No free press in Russia.
Putin is telling his people the Ukraine is at fault. That the Ukraine is shooting at Russian soldiers and making life difficult for Ukrainian citizens who support Russia and want to be a part of Russia. Even to the extent of showing blown up buildings in the Ukraine and indications that a school with children was bombed.
The winds of war are dangerous. You never know what will happen. If actual war occurs in the Ukraine, anything, no matter how small, can result in a conflagration that could involve most of Europe. And, perhaps the U.S.
Some Ukraine citizens are asking Russia to arm them. They are referred to as Russian backed rebels.
Some other Ukraine citizens are being represented by Russia as leaving the Ukraine and moving to Russia to escape the coming conflict. Pictures of people entering buses for the trip are on the internet. Could be for real, could be for propaganda purposes and staged.
Ukraine’s President Zelensky is attending a Security Conference in Munich this weekend to rally support from NATO nations. There is fear for Zelinsky’s return trip. Whether he can return safely.
One last point that has nothing to do with the Ukraine problem.
Yesterday, I wrote re the cargo ship carrying new cars to the U.S. that caught fire in mid Atlantic. The crew had to abandon ship. The burning ship continues adrift.
New numbers for the cars assumedly burning on the vessel include over 1,000 Porsches and 189 Bentley’s.
Enjoy your day!