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Russia Warns NATO Against Sending Any Troops To Ukraine As “Frightening” Escalation Looms

Tyler Durden
April 3rd, 2021
ZeroHedge
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This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.

The Kremlin’s latest statements out Friday amid the potential new Ukraine crisis which has seen a serious flare-up in fighting in the Donbass region, along with what appears to be far bigger-than-usual troop movements on Russia’s side of the border, has raised the stakes further.

Russia has vowed it will take “extra measures to ensure its own security” should it observe any deployment of NATO troops inside Ukraine, the Kremlin statement said Friday according to Reuters.

It firmly warned against any potential looming NATO troop movements following Brussels voicing concern the day prior over the widespread reports and videos purporting to show a significant Russian build-up of forces along Ukraine’s eastern border.

Archive image of NATO exercises in Europe, via Allied Joint Force Command Naples

Reuters reports Russia’s Friday statement and “warning” as follows:

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that the situation at the contact line in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatist forces was quite frightening and that multiple “provocations” were taking place there.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart, Andrii Taran, and “condemned recent escalations of Russian aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine,” the Pentagon said.

“Our rhetoric [over Donbass] is absolutely constructive,” Peskov said in response to journalists’ questions. “We do not indulge in wishful thinking. Regrettably, the realities along the engagement line are rather frightening. Provocations by the Ukrainian armed forces do take place. They are not casual. There have been many of them.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the Russian troop movements across the border, calling the situation “muscle-flexing” likely to lead to “provocations” for which Ukraine’s army is “ready”…

It was exactly a week ago that fighting in Donetsk grabbed international headlines once again when four Ukrainian national troops were killed, which Kiev promptly blamed on Russia-backed separatists. However, the Donetsk People’s Republic claimed it wasn’t the result of a direct exchange of fire, but due to inspecting a minefield.

Ukraine’s parliament followed by announcing a sharp “escalation” in the east – a contested region which has seen 14,000 deaths going back to 2014, and the country’s military leadership put the armed forces on high alert.

This also as Russian troops and armor were spotted headed into the Crimea and Ukraine’s eastern

border region, however, Moscow brushed off the concerns while saying it’s routine to transfer forces within one’s own borders and sovereign territory.

Days later on Wednesday, the US European Command (EUCOM) issued a notification of a raised ‘threat level’ in Europe. The designation is currently officially raised to one of “potential imminent crisis” due to concerns over Eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, intense shelling on the ground in Donetsk has continued this week, with all signs pointing to further escalation and intensity in fighting…

And on Thursday an unnamed EU diplomat was cited in Reuters as speculating the perceived build-up in Russian forces is ultimately about Russia’s posturing to gain leverage with the new Biden administration – which so far hasn’t had much of a big geopolitical challenge.

“Partly, it is the usual tactics, turning up and down the conflict to create instability, to show that Russia is a key player,” the EU diplomat said“We cannot exclude that Biden’s presidency is part of the Russian calculus, that it’s time for Moscow to show a bit of muscle.”

But Russia has pointed out that in no way is it in its interest to see a ‘hot conflict’ in Donbass:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that most of Ukraine’s military appeared to understand the danger of a “hot conflict” in Donbass.

“I very much hope that they will not be ‘incited’ by politicians, who in turn will be ‘incited’ by the West, led by the United States,” said Lavrov.

Lavrov further issued an ominous warning: “Russian President Putin said (this) not long ago, but this statement is still relevant today, that those who would try to start a new war in Donbass – will destroy Ukraine.”

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    1. 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.

      https://sputniknews.com/russia/202104031082529414-russian-military-satellite-breaks-up-over-pacific-us-air-force-reports/

      https://www.npr.org/2021/03/21/979815691/new-effort-to-clean-up-space-junk-prepares-to-launch

      Andrea Iravani

    2. Frank Thoughts says:

      If I was Putin or Xi I would make my power moves now. The West is falling apart, a cabal of paedos staged a coup and took over the US, and the US and is allies could not mount a military response these days because, to be frank, the military would be plagued by BLM rebellions and sabotage just as it was in Vietnam.

      Putin has created the model for reclaiming land: inch forward, quietly enter, activate local allies, and when it gets hot, use Katosha rockets to clean out opposing forces. Accurate, devastating and lightning fast, the rockets make mincemeat of any conventional forces.

    3. couldn't resist says:

      I sincerely hope a war isn’t started in Donbass by our very own Dumb ass (Biden).

    4. Sarcastic Tone says:

      Let them have their little war.
      We have more important things to worry about at the moment such as the worst plague in the history of our species known as covid 19.
      I certainly hope they wiped down those tanks with Lysol and bleach to contain covid.
      I’m completely baffled how anyone even has any soldiers
      left to go to war with in the first place since covid has killed everyone on Earth🤔

    5. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Police stations at every corner in XiangXing “autonomous” zone:

      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-04-01/china-xinjiang-uyghur-han-censorship-nationalism

      Andrea Iravani

      • The Uyghur Muslims are to China what al-Queda is to Syria.

        The Uyghurs (from your link) in Turkey are from China. They went to Syria to train and fight with US proxies al-Queda against Assad. The CIA arms and trains them, then uses these same Uyghurs to go back to China and cause trouble. IIRC, you read Saker and Moon of Alabama. They covered this some time ago.

        China will not let these US proxy fighters cause the same trouble in China as they are elsewhere. The only reason you see these US and NATO lackeys crying about “muh humanitarian rights” when it comes to the Uyghurs, is because China is disrupting their plans. They could not care less about Uyghur treatment. It is only because it interferes in the CIA color revolution plans for China that they raise a stink.

        Whenever you hear the DC.gov complaining about human rights violations somewhere in the world, look further and you will find the US is up to no good in those areas. Their propaganda is strong.

        • Frank Thoughts says:

          I totally agree. China is doing the right thing to protect itself from terrorism. It is important to remember the Uighers were considered the worst bunch during the War on Terror. So dangerous, the CIA had to fly them back from GITMO on ‘dark flights’, all strapped down in their orange jump suits with muzzles and adult diapers.

          The US gave China the nod to clean up the Uighers and then betrayed China once Trump came in and started to mess with the China trade deals.

          Having China perfect a model for tackling Muslim extremism is critical for a safer world.

        • Andrea.Iravani. says:

          There were some Uigyur Musims that did fight with terrorists in Syria. They are an exception, not the rule. The Chinese are using this as an excuse. If the Uigyur Muslims rights were not violated, in what is supposed to be an Autonomous Zone under international legal agreements, this would likely not be a problem in the first place, and in the second place, they would not have joined in terrorist groups either.

          Read William F. Engdahl on 21stCenturywire. The Saker is a Chinese propagandist. He is wrong as often as he is correct. He is right about Russia most of the time, and wrong about China most of the time. Putin and Lavrov are not on board with the Saker’s view in many instances. There is a great deal of non-alignment between Putin, Lavrov, and the Saker over China. Read Sputnik news. They are much more critical of China than the American and Scottish radio show hosts on Sputnik. The Russia China relationship is a marriage of convenience. There is really not much love between the two countries at all. The media reports from both countries show this to be true. Chinese media is constantly bashing Russian women and insinuating that they are inferior to Chinese women.

          The Saker is Bulgarian and became a Swiss intelligence agent, then a Russian intelligence agent, and now is in America. This is what he has reported on his website. Many of his contributors are from Strategic Culture Foundation, which has really gone down hill in the last few years, even more so after the scamdemic.

          Andrea Iravani

          • Andrea.Iravani. says:

            The retarded hacker changed it from F. William Engdahl. The retarded hacker that hacks my writing has nothing to contribute to anyone, anywhere, on the entire planet, and I know this for a fact, because if they did, they would be positively contributing to someone, somewhere in the world, rather than illegally sabotaging me by hacking my writing.

            Andrea Iravani

    6. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      I figured it out again! Local, county, state, federal governments,(here and around the world,) financial institutions, and corporations are having Covert Olympic competitions to see which team can be the most idiotic, corrupt, and evil! What else could explain it?! I really can’t think of any other explanation as a result of the scamdemic!

      https://sputniknews.com/us/202104031082526497-matt-gaetz-played-harry-potter-inspired-sex-competition-game-with-florida-lawmakers-report-claims/

      Noah Green, the 25 year old that drove his car into two police officers, killing one is being portrayed in a misleading manner. He seems like an MKULTRA victim and a victim of InfaGard to me. InfraGard does target people. I happen to be one of their victims. It is well documented that they do target people here:
      https://www.fightgangstalking.com/

      Way to go InfraTard, InfraGard, cult of corruption, cult of destruction! You destroyed two lives in the case of Noah Green, you sick fucking losers! Noah Green’s and a cops, well, more than that, when you consider the loved one’s that are suffering as a result of it! Hey, no skin off of your back though, right?! 

      Noah Green was on the college football and track team and graduated with a degree in finance. He said that he quit his job over afflictions, believing that the government, FBI, and CIA were after him. If Noah Green was employed in finance, and was aware of corrupt things taking place, Noah Green was most likely not imagining that the government was after him. That does not justify the actions that he took. It seems extremely strange, like he was drugged or was a Manchurian candidate. Green became involved with Louis Farrakhan and Nation of Islam, which is listed as a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center, which may have lead to further targetting by them. The government targets people that they consider a threat, not to the country, but to exposing government corruption. It has gotten to the point where everyone knows that they are corrupt. Why do they refuse to abide by the law- the constitution? Will the retarded law breakers ever wake up and realize that everyone knows that they are sick, disgusting, mentally incompetent scumbags that pose the largest national security threat to the country? Your appvroval ratings are now so low that it shows that even your family members thing that you are the largest nation security threat! 

      https://sputniknews.com/us/202104031082527012-reports-say-capitol-attacker-suffered-terrible-afflictions-believed-fbi-cia-were-after-him/

      https://www.pilotonline.com/news/crime/vp-nw–20210402-6vfj3t27ojcznjr5fg2of36cgm-story.html

      Since I have posted what is above, Sputnik reports that Green posted on Facebook:

      “I have suffered multiple home break ins, food poisonings, assaults, unauthorised operations in the hospital, mind control”, the 25-year-old reportedly wrote in one of his Instagram posts, insisting that his troubles started in 2019 when Green’s former teammate and roommate drugged him with Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication.”-
      Sputnik

      https://sputniknews.com/us/202104031082528224-noah-green-us-capitol-attacker-reportedly-made-posts-about-satan-govt-mind-control/

      Andrea Iravani

    7. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Wildly unpopular American Judeophile that outlawed boycotting Israeli companies organizes boycott of American companies and culture:

      Sputnik reports:

      “It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back— we have more people than they do— by far! Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck. Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play a better game than them,” Trump said in a statement released by Save America PAC on Saturday and quoted by The Hill.” -Sputnik

      https://sputniknews.com/us/202104041082535023-trump-says-republicans-must-fight-back-boycott-companies-amid-voting-law-tensions/

      Andrea Iravani

    8. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Wildly unpopular American Judeophile that outlawed boycotting Israeli companies organizes boycott of American companies and culture:

      Sputnik reports:

      “It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back— we have more people than they do— by far! Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck. Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play a better game than them,” Trump said in a statement released by Save America PAC on Saturday and quoted by The Hill.” -Sputnik

      https://sputniknews.com/us/202104041082535023-trump-says-republicans-must-fight-back-boycott-companies-amid-voting-law-tensions/

      Did you notice that Trump didn’t say to boycott the “vaccines”, masks, RT-PCR tests, and “vaccine” passports. What a looser!

      Andrea Iravani

    9. coyote373 says:

      Religion in China –
      China officially recognizes several world religions.
      Judas-ism isn’t one of them.
      That’s because it’s not a religion.
      It’s a satanic, criminal conspiracy/cult.
      It’s obvious to all who care to look.
      Just do a quick study of their “holiest” book, the talmud.
      EXPOSE THIS GODDAMN FILTH!

      Must read:
      https://web.archive.org/web/20130605010616/https://stopcg.wordpress.com/the-talmud-and-the-jew-world-order/

    10. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Correction:

      Wildly unpopular American Zionophile that outlawed boycotting Israeli companies organizes boycott of American companies and culture:

      Sputnik reports:

      “It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back— we have more people than they do— by far! Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck. Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play a better game than them,” Trump said in a statement released by Save America PAC on Saturday and quoted by The Hill.” -Sputnik

      https://sputniknews.com/us/202104041082535023-trump-says-republicans-must-fight-back-boycott-companies-amid-voting-law-tensions/

      Did you notice that Trump didn’t say to boycott the “vaccines”, masks, RT-PCR tests, and “vaccine” passports. What a looser!

      Andrea Iravani

    11. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Sputnik Radio show hosts, Global Research,  The Saker, and Unz contributors have so many writers that are so pro-China that the truth is about what is taking place in China is being MASKED in silence by the Alt Right and Alt Left. Both the Alt Right and Alt Left have been pro-Russia. Russia and China are two extremely different countries. The aliance between Russia and China is a marriage of convenience, that probably would be far less cooperative if it were not strictly for the purpose of Russia trying to survive, the U.S. antagonistic false allegations and sabotage of every effort that it makes. Realistically speaking, this is in large part directly related to Russian military operations in Syria and Russian weapons contracts in the Near and Middle East. The Russians embarrassed the hell out of NATOs false flag operations. Europe has also been complicating matters for any U.S. Russian alliances for the reasons of its own self preservations. The EU tells the U.S. that they are threatened by Russia, asks for military support, and even says that Russia is the world’s largest threat to security, but is also installing the NordStream 2 pipeline. I am not suggesting that Europe drop the NordStream2. I am suggesting that Europe stop saying that Russia poses a security threat. Why would Europe want to install the NordStream2 and pipe gas in from a country that they consider to be a security threat? At European request, the U.S. has surrounded Russia with missiles. Obviously, the U.S. just does it for the money in weapons contracts, which have all completely deteriorated as well, with European countries abandoning F-35s and European countries developing their own missile systems.

      This was obviously a goal to isolate America from all of its allies, one country at a time. America has been grossly antagonistic in many instances that defy all logic as well with sanctioning. The only logical explanation is that the individuals that are making these policy blunders are intentionally trying to destroy America both from within as well as from beyond. They are terrorists and economic hitmen. The policies are in many cases based on total fabrications, as it is with the scamdemic, Russia, Syria, and Iran bashing, and are rabidly pro-Zionist, leaving America as the only country on earth other than Israel that supports the illegal settlements in Israel. American government has also made it more of a crime to criticize the government of Israel or Israeli companies than it is to criticize the U.S. government and U.S. corporations. 

      The important thing to take away from these articles below by Alice Su is how quickly America is becoming like China, and it appears that the other websites that I mentioned approve of the destruction of liberty and total tyranny, the left and the right have different reasons for supporting Chinese tyranny policies, but the outcomes are the same, regardless. It is happening extremely suddenly with vaccine passports, censorship, as well as scores of other things that most people are aware of and oppose, so I will not list all of them.

      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-10-22/china-xi-jinping-mao-zedong-communist-party

      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-07-10/this-is-a-cultural-purge-with-new-security-law-even-blank-paper-is-subversive-in-hong-kong

      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-06-29/hong-kong-national-security-law

      To overlook the fact that China is and has had a long history of this type of oppressive tyranny while simultaneously orchestrating the largest expansion of the the Chinese dynasty in modern history is similar to overlooking the “moderate rebels” placed in power during the Arab Spring, and the devasting and destabilizing consequences that it had on the region. I do not support going to war against China, and have made that extremely clear, but I do not support the colonial expansism of a country that has ruled by decree and absolute tyranny either, and to propagandize on behalf of a country guilty of those crimes against humanity, and to blatantly ignore it, and to promote China based on propaganda may lead to similar outcomes that supporting the “moderate rebels” in the Arab Spring did. To insinuate that it is ok to deliberately mislead with Chinese propaganda since it is not promoting war, is as misleading as saying that to ignore that the “moderate rebels” were in fact tyrannical terrorists was ok too, since promoting their cause was not promoting war either. It is irresponsible for journalists that have this knowledge of the CCP to gloss over it and pretend that it does not exist, or to try to claim that pointing CPP tyranny out promotes war, is a war on truth, and a cheap shot rationalization for promoting CCP propaganda. The enemy of my enemy of my friend is a really lame brained world view that typically fails in practice.

      Andrea Iravani

    12. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      Sputnik Radio show hosts, Global Research,  The Saker, and Unz contributors have so many writers that are so pro-China that the truth is about what is taking place in China is being MASKED in silence by the Alt Right and Alt Left. Both the Alt Right and Alt Left have been pro-Russia. Russia and China are two extremely different countries. The alliance between Russia and China is a marriage of convenience, that probably would be far less cooperative if it were not strictly for the purpose of Russia trying to survive, the U.S. antagonistic false allegations and sabotage of every effort that it makes. Realistically speaking, this is in large part directly related to Russian military operations in Syria and Russian weapons contracts in the Near and Middle East. The Russians embarrassed the hell out of NATOs false flag operations. Europe has also been complicating matters for any U.S. Russian alliances for the reasons of its own self preservations. The EU tells the U.S. that they are threatened by Russia, asks for military support, and even says that Russia is the world’s largest threat to security, but is also installing the NordStream 2 pipeline. I am not suggesting that Europe drop the NordStream2. I am suggesting that Europe stop saying that Russia poses a security threat. Why would Europe want to install the NordStream2 and pipe gas in from a country that they consider to be a security threat? At European request, the U.S. has surrounded Russia with missiles. Obviously, the U.S. just does it for the money in weapons contracts, which have all completely deteriorated as well, with European countries abandoning F-35s and European countries developing their own missile systems.

      This was obviously a goal to isolate America from all of its allies, one country at a time. America has been grossly antagonistic in many instances that defy all logic as well with sanctioning. The only logical explanation is that the individuals that are making these policy blunders are intentionally trying to destroy America both from within as well as from beyond. They are terrorists and economic hitmen. The policies are in many cases based on total fabrications, as it is with the scamdemic, Russia, Syria, and Iran bashing, and are rabidly pro-Zionist, leaving America as the only country on earth other than Israel that supports the illegal settlements in Israel. American government has also made it more of a crime to criticize the government of Israel or Israeli companies than it is to criticize the U.S. government and U.S. corporations. 

      The important thing to take away from these articles below by Alice Su is how quickly America is becoming like China, and it appears that the other websites that I mentioned approve of the destruction of liberty and total tyranny, the left and the right have different reasons for supporting Chinese tyranny policies, but the outcomes are the same, regardless. It is happening extremely suddenly with vaccine passports, censorship, as well as scores of other things that most people are aware of and oppose, so I will not list all of them.

      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-10-22/china-xi-jinping-mao-zedong-communist-party

      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-07-10/this-is-a-cultural-purge-with-new-security-law-even-blank-paper-is-subversive-in-hong-kong

      https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-06-29/hong-kong-national-security-law

      To overlook the fact that China is and has had a long history of this type of oppressive tyranny while simultaneously orchestrating the largest expansion of the the Chinese dynasty in modern history is similar to overlooking the “moderate rebels” placed in power during the Arab Spring, and the devasting and destabilizing consequences that it had on the region. I do not support going to war against China, and have made that extremely clear, but I do not support the colonial expansionism of a country that has ruled by decree and absolute tyranny either, and to propagandize on behalf of a country guilty of those crimes against humanity, and to blatantly ignore it, and to promote China based on propaganda may lead to similar outcomes that supporting the “moderate rebels” in the Arab Spring did. To insinuate that it is ok to deliberately mislead with Chinese propaganda since it is not promoting war, is as misleading as saying that to ignore that the “moderate rebels” were in fact tyrannical terrorists was ok too, since promoting their cause was not promoting war either. It is irresponsible for journalists that have this knowledge of the CCP to gloss over it and pretend that it does not exist, or to try to claim that pointing out CPP tyranny out promotes war, is a war on truth, and a cheap shot rationalization for promoting CCP propaganda. The enemy of my enemy of my friend is a really lame brained world view that typically fails in practice.

      Andrea Iravani

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    13. This is as much Russia’s fault as anyone’s. They should have invaded and crushed the US installed government in 2014 and taken over Ukraine. Instead they acted like crybabies for 7 years while the US armed Kiev, complaining to the UN and trying to resolve it diplomatically. They let the problem fester and now it looks like it’s coming to a head. This is another in the long list of boneheaded moves by the Russian government over the last decade.

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