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As Russian Tanks Move Toward Ukraine, The Globe Braces For The Possibility That World War 3 Could Soon Erupt

Michael Snyder
April 1st, 2021
The Economic Collapse Blog
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This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.

At this hour, more Russian military forces are massed near Ukraine’s borders than we have ever seen before.  Western military leaders say that they are concerned that the troop movements that we have witnessed in recent days may be leading up to an invasion, and if an invasion does happen it will greatly test the resolve of the Biden administration, EU leaders, and NATO brass.

In particular, the hawks in the Biden administration would almost certainly not be willing to just sit back and let the Russians conquer all of Ukraine.  There would likely be a major response by the United States, and that could set off a chain reaction that could ultimately spark World War 3.

So what made the Russians suddenly move a massive invasion force toward Ukraine?

Well, it turns out that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky essentially signed a declaration of war against Russia on March 24th.  The document that he signed is known as Decree No. 117/2021, and you won’t read anything about it in the corporate media.

I really had to dig to find Decree No. 117/2021, but eventually, I found it.  I took several of the paragraphs at the beginning of the document and I ran them through Google translate…

In accordance with Article 107 of the Constitution of Ukraine, I decree:

1. To put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine of March 11, 2021 “On the Strategy of deoccupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol” (attached).

2. To approve the Strategy of deoccupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (attached).

3. Control over the implementation of the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, enacted by this Decree, shall be vested in the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

4. This Decree shall enter into force on the day of its publication.

President of Ukraine V.ZELENSKY

March 24, 2021

Basically, this decree makes it the official policy of the government of Ukraine to retake Crimea from Russia.

Of course, the Russians will never hand over Crimea willingly because they consider it to be Russian territory, and so Ukraine would have to take it by force.

This is essentially a declaration of war against Russia, and Zelensky would have never signed such a document without the approval of the Biden administration.

Following the signing of Decree No. 117/2021, we started to see Russian forces pour into Crimea and into separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine at a staggering rate.

For example, you can watch a column of Russian tanks being transported by rail right here.

And you can see a massive column of Russian forces on the Crimea Bridge right here.

In addition, it is being reported that the 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade is on the move, and that is not a good sign at all.

The Russians are taking Zelensky’s declaration of war very seriously, but the corporate media in the western world is blaming “Russian aggression” for the increase in tensions in the region.

But the truth is that the Russians never would have made any of these moves if warmongers in the Biden administration had not given Zelensky the green light to sign Decree No. 117/2021.

And what most people in the western world don’t know is that fighting has already begun in Ukraine.  The ceasefire that was agreed to in July 2020 has been violated hundreds of times over the past week…

The OSCE’s civilian Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has reported hundreds of cease-fire violations in recent days. On March 26, four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and two others injured in the eastern part of the country.

The Ukrainian military said its soldiers were hit by a mortar attack it blamed on Russian troops. Russia denies having a military presence in eastern Ukraine, where it backs separatist forces.

At this point, the ceasefire of July 2020 is completely dead.

In response to the renewed fighting, U.S. European Command “has raised its alert status to the highest level”

U.S. European Command has raised its alert status to the highest level after fighting resumed between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian soldiers in the Donetsk Region of eastern Ukraine, marking the end of a June 2020 ceasefire, and Russian forces began building up military equipment along the border.

And we just learned that the chairman of the joint chiefs actually had a telephone call with his counterpart in Russia on Wednesday to address the escalating situation

In a statement on Facebook on Wednesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that at the initiative of the U.S., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mark Milley, had a telephone conversation with his counterpart. “Issues of mutual interest were discussed,” the statement said.

In the days ahead, the corporate media in the western world is going to continue talking about “Russian aggression”, and the Russians are going to continue to blame Zelensky and the Biden administration for the rise of tensions in the region.

Ultimately, we could spend countless hours debating who is in the right and who is in the wrong.

But what really matters is keeping this from escalating into a global conflict.  Because if someone does something really stupid and the Russians feel a need to send their invasion force into Ukraine, there will be no going back ever.

I have been warning about a future conflict between the United States and Russia for a very long time, and we have never been closer than we are right now.

With Trump in the White House, relations with Russia were relatively stable, but now Joe Biden is in charge.

Biden is a hothead that is showing signs of advanced cognitive decline, and he is surrounded by a team of warmongers that are determined to put Russian President Vladimir Putin in his place.

The inmates are running the asylum, and it won’t take much of a mistake at all for things to go horribly, horribly wrong.

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    1. And the american people will pay the price for what biden and his a– ho— are doing

      • James says:

        This whole fiasco goes back to Obama, H. Clinton and McCain meddling in the Ukraine.

      • TharSheBlows says:

        Illegitimate fraud Biden thief is incompetent and needs to be arrested for Treason. In just over 2 months of this hijacking of the American Presidency, we are in utter collapse and all out war
        This was their plan. Hello US Military, can you hear me now? DO YOUR JOB!! Arrest them all and Military Tribunals, then firing squad.

        • Anonymous says:

          Telling the pentagon to do their job? You mean you want more false flags, murders, drone murders, rape, pillage and theft of trillions?

          Personally, I want to see them on trial for so many crimes I can’t even count.

    2. Unreal says:

      Biden and Her Ass seem determined to destroy this country by tossing us headfirst into a war. We may be looking at just the start of something unimaginably
      catastrophic here folks.😳

    3. Just when you think Joe couldn’t possibly make the lives of the American people
      even worse than he already has – HE OUTDOES HIMSELF!

    4. Dry Rain says:

      As if our existence during this past year weren’t bad enough with the covid b.s.
      Now…..the possibility of war😔

    5. Question says:

      Does anyone else ever get the feeling that we’ve all fallen into some kind of parallel universe where things just keep getting worse and worse?🤔

    6. clear haze says:

      I can’t believe all the horrors Creepy Joe might possibly get us all into. Fuck, I can’t even believe this walking advertisement for senility actually became president!
      We’re all living some type of fuckin’ nightmare that we
      just can’t wake up from!!

    7. SlackMavo says:

      when you compare General Lee to scorched earth Sherman it becomes apparent who the soulless degenerate was …is

      this time no mercy I promise.

    8. James says:

      Obama, H. Clinton, McCain and a very weak Biden. What a poisonous brew.

    9. MI6 007 says:

      DEAGLE.COM Population Reduction by 2024-25

      Heresssssss Joey with a few words

    10. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      This “country” is genetically programmed to fail, obviously, addicted to losing, addicted to being wrong, allergic to truth, allergic to intelligence. The inevitable outcome is systemic failure that is already in progress. The system, and the institutions are falling in a domino chain reaction. Where are the scholars? They are preaching the “covid” economy, and the end of liberty, “for everyone’s own good.” Where are the attorneys, judges, and civil rights organizations like the ACLU? Most likely taking bribes to sit on the sidelines with their mouths shut and masked. 

      They are trying to wear us down with a campaign of stupidity, corruption, terror, evil, and stubbornness. 

      Trying to get us to consent to the destruction of our rights, or to just die. 

      Stupidity, corruption, evil, and stubbornness is all that they’ve got, so they decided to run with it.

      I refuse to give in. What they are doing is 100% illegal. Every bit of it in the “covid-19” economy is totally illegal. 

      They are the scum of the earth that do not deserve the time of day. They deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison where they are no longer free to terrorize everyone. If America was a legitimate country, thugs like that would be in prison. InfraGard is a kleptocratic terrorist cult of corruption that are worse thugs than The Bloods, The Crips, and The Latin Kings. They are the scum of the earth. 

      The InfraGard spies are the invisable enemy. They are destructive parasites that the country is incapable of surviving with. They come up with every excuse to try to pretend that they are legitimate. They insist on trying to force their way into our lives through surveillance. 

      I refuse to consent. I know my rights, and I know the law, which is the constitution including its amendments, which they are guilty of violating in high crimes and treason. I refuse to stop reminding them of the high crimes, treason, and total illegality and illegitimacy of all of their actions.

      Andrea Iravani

    11. Darth Skippy says:

      Several famous charismatics of the 20th century said that Mystery Babylon would ultimately fall to Earth changes, that would turn back the East Bloc.

    12. Old Rebel says:

      The Demoncrats blame everything on Russia. You know the U.S and Europe (NATO) are pushing the bear and Russia is sick and tired of being the scapegoat! Ukraine better think twice about attacking anywhere.

      • Anonymous says:

        Look at the “bright side”:

        If Washington, Wall Street and the UN complex disappeared in a blinding flash of light — how many people at home and around the world would view that as an improvement?

    13. Kevin2 says:

      A series of events of increasing tension do not have an intentional WWIII at the end. As “Sabers Rattle” it’s highly probable that intent is misjudged then replied with an otherwise inappropriate response which is likewise subsequently misjudged. Each sides military forces often take “liberties” in the “grey area” of orders thus confusing intent even further. If one searches the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis it’s frightening just how close we came to annihilation. Major Anderson was killed by a SAM Missile despite orders from from Khrushchev not for the Soviets to fire. Likewise the US Navy used “practice depth charges” upon a Soviet Sub when ordered not to fire by Kennedy. The world was saved mass destruction by a democratic single vote by a Soviet officer, one of three required (the other two voted yes) vote on a Soviet Sub to use a nuclear torpedo upon US Navy ships. With both sides possessing “First Strike” capability (use em or loose em) the dangers are multiplied..

      • cranerigger says:

        Great points Kevin2. Snowflakes & the Military-Industrial-Complex seem to be oblivious to the idea that any participant in a war will refuse to lose – the result being a nuclear exchange.

        Another consideration for snowflakes, old people like me are NOT drafted for war – that experience is reserved for young folks.

        • Kevin2 says:


          It’s more of being frightened that the other side will first strike obliterating the majority of their forces so they strike first. JFK and Khrushchev, both WWII vets feared “Crossing the Rubicon” and put in effect backdoor channels out of their respective chains of command who were both pushing for an increasingly hard line. Trump might hold off such pressure. The present administration in its entirety is highly unlikely to go against the advice of Joint Chiefs Of Staff which is always escalation. Regardless the steps preceding the aforementioned would so frighten the world so that an economic crash is inevitable.

          • Kevin2 says:

            It’s frightening that WWIII was prevented by a democratic vote, from both a nation not known for democracy and an institution within that nation generally hostile to its very concept.

            The world got lucky and owes this man a debt of gratitude. The world should, for the sake of peace and survival have a Holliday in his name. Few know what occurred not because of secrecy but rather the hostility that those in power have for peaceful coexistence. Without the threat of war, which is intentionally magnified, weapon sales would be greatly diminished thus conflicting with the Military Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned us about.

            Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet Navy officer credited with preventing a Soviet nuclear strike (and, potentially, all-out nuclear war) during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Such an attack likely would have caused a major global thermonuclear response.

          • cranerigger says:

            Kevin2, we see eye to eye. The shaky world situation takes humanity into much more risky relationships.

            “Experts” that prioritize their political agendas over honest and verifiable presentation of facts endanger everyone.

    14. makeready says:

      This life sucks, can somebody please create a time machine.

      • Time machine? Are you sure about that?

        Do you go back (and try to change events for the betterment of mankind – or yourself, while trying to figure out the Grandfather Paradox), or do you go forward and just disappear while hoping for the best?

        Maybe “Sliding” (paralell realities) will suit your needs better, but that can be a crap-shoot also.

        As someone (Answer) mentioned earlier,

        It’s called “The Biden Effect”.
        (Reference: “The Mandella Effect”)

        … maybe someone already beat you to it.

    15. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Russian military satelite launched in 2018 Kosmos 2525 suddenly left orbit and disintegrated into the atmosphere without explanation on 4/01/21. Was this from NASA base in Kazakhstan,  Elon Musk debris,  or Space Force? Avangard was also created in 2018. Are Avangards relaiant on this satelite? An object in motion will remain in motion unless interupted by an external force. Satelites do not suddely disintegrate and crash without explation.

      Andrea Iravani

    16. Christian Soldier says:

      What we are seeing is the rise and revival of the Roman empire as spoken of in the word of God….its only going to grow worse for the world must have one leader come on the scene….

      The Antichrist

      Now for those who care to take a deep dive in the spiritual and Divine world of the Lord God Almighty….I would point you to the book below.

      AW Pink – The Antichrist

      For those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, let this be a comfort to you knowing your Lord is standing at the door…

      For those who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior…know this, He is Lord of all and it is only if you have a saving faith by His blood and have been born again that you will be in glory. Otherwise you will perish and be cast in the lake of fire for eternal punishment.

      HOS – Dark Days a Coming

      Proverbs 18:10-12

      10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run into it and are safe
      11- A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.
      12- Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, But humility [goes] before honor.

    17. maybethis says:

      Ukraine is the center of the ancient Khazarian empire. Research it and you will find that it was a very evil place. Russia and Persia
      wiped them out in the 6th century to protect their own citizens from the murder, rape and thievery of the Khazars.
      The Bolshevik(Khazar) overthrow of Russia in 1914 and the murder of 57 million innocent, Christian Russian men women and children and the destruction of 70,000 Russian Orthodox Christian churches was Khazarian payback.
      Khazarians have a stronghold in Ukraine and tentacles controlling Washington and Europe. Russians are rightly terrified of another Khazar style purge of their people. Research the whole thing and maybe you’ll join me in prayer for the Russian people.

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