War Erupts In Europe Following Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Russia is opposed to Ukraine joining NATO and putting the nearly 350,000 cruise and ballistic missiles at their doorsteps

By The Weekly Vision Online

Last night President Vladimir Putin of Russia reacted in fury at NATO’s decision to beef up land, sea and air forces on the eastern flanks of Ukraine near the border with Russia by ordering a military offensive in nuclear-armed Ukraine, a former federation in the defunct USSR.

Russia is opposed to Ukraine joining NATO and putting the nearly 350,000 cruise and ballistic missiles at their doorsteps. The USA and Moscow were sucked in a horrific arms race in the early years after the end of the Second World War 1945 until the 1990 worldwide collapse of communism. A direct intervention of the US forces in Ukraine would almost certainly trigger World War 3 as both superpowers have nuclear weapons and missiles that target each other.

Some of NATO’s 30 member countries are already supplying arms to Ukraine and countries closest to the conflict Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland among others, have triggered rarely held consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty

The Kenyan ambassador to the UN condemned Moscow’s military adventure in Ukraine, he said international laws should be upheld. Kenya is a non-veto member of the UN Security Council. NATO has held emergency talks Thursday even as Washington warned Moscow of economic sanctions f its troops entered Ukraine.

Some of NATO’s 30 member countries are already supplying arms to Ukraine and countries closest to the conflict Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland among others, have triggered rarely held consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, which can be launched when “the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the (NATO) parties is threatened.”

“We have decided, in line with our defensive planning to protect all allies, to take additional steps to strengthen deterrence and defence across the Alliance,” the envoys said in a statement. “Our measures are and remain preventive, proportionate and not to escalate the situation. An adviser to Ukraine’s president says that Russian forces forged 10-20 kilometres (6-12 miles) deep into the Chernihiv region of northern Ukraine and are regrouping to continue the offensive. But Oleksiy Arestovich said Thursday that “Kyiv is under reliable protection” and “they will face tough battles.”

Arestovich said that fighting is going on 4-5 kilometres (2 ½-3 miles) north of Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv, in the country’s northeast. He said Ukrainian troops destroyed four Russian tanks there. The adviser said that Russian troops that moved into Ukraine from Russia-annexed Crimea are trying to advance toward Melitopol and Kherson. Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine as “a grave violation of the international order.”

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