Is Putin planning an invasion? Ukraine says ‘record number’ of Russian troops on border

A RECORD number of Russian troops are stationed on the borders of Ukraine, the under-siege country’s has warned amid claims of intensifying attacks by pro-Russian rebels.

President Petro Poroshenko claimed NATO, EU and even US sources had warned of large numbers of Russian Federation armed forces being manned along the war-stricken borders.

His caution came as defence forces in Ukraine complained of more frequent and dangerous attacks in eastern regions of the torn country.

He said: “We have information that there is a record number of the Russian Federation’s armed forces along with the borders of Ukraine. Continue reading

NATO prepares ‘spearhead’ to ward off Russia

Good luck with turning ‘a few hundred’ troops into an intimidating deterrent, especially against Russia.

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has voiced concern about Russia’s “aggressive” behavior. He told a press conference that the alliance was working on a “spearhead” to deter any possible threat.

Beginning early next year NATO will have a new reaction force ready, which can be deployed more rapidly on its eastern border. This new force, called “interim spearhead,” will consist of a few hundred troops from Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. Troops will rotate in terms of their state of readiness, but remain at bases in their home countries.

The new secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, announced the plan to support the Baltic members of the alliance during a press conference in Brussels at NATO headquarters. Continue reading