Russian troops will go on a “race for Kiev” to overthrow the Ukrainian government, according to plans presented by Kremlin military leaders.
Western officials fear that tens of thousands of Putin’s soldiers will move south into Ukraine to target the capital and install a pro-Russian regime.
There will also be a “multi-axis” invasion by Russian troops. Troops will enter the country from Belarus and Crimea before converging in eastern Ukraine.
Their task will be to unite in order to prevent Ukrainian forces in the east of the country from returning to the defense of Kiev.
Since speed of movement is critical to Russia’s strategy, it is clear that lighter vehicles and weapon systems were chosen for the ground offensive.
The invasion force, which currently stands at 130,000, is being supplemented by additional Russian troops, perhaps 20,000 more.
Russian troops will go on a “race for Kiev” to overthrow the Ukrainian government, according to plans presented by Kremlin military leaders. Western officials fear that tens of thousands of Putin’s soldiers will move south into Ukraine to target the capital and install a pro-Russian regime. There will also be a “multi-axis” invasion by Russian troops. Troops will enter the country from Belarus and Crimea before they converge in eastern Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow, Russia, February 14, 2022
A source said: “The accumulation of soldiers and equipment is unprecedented and very worrying. It is a force created for the purpose of invading. An additional 14 Russian brigades are estimated to be heading towards the border with Ukraine.
“Logistics is also in place, medical support, as well as the air force and navy. We have seen a buildup of Russian ships in the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Holidays have also been canceled for many Russian units.
“In total, you see that 60% of the entire combat power of Russia is involved in this operation.
“The ground threat has also become more powerful due to the disposition of their attack forces. Russia effectively traded mass for speed, knowing they had to get to Kiev as quickly as possible.
“They must also move other units quickly to eastern Ukraine to form a barrier preventing Ukrainian units from retreating west to save the capital.”
According to the sources, detailed plans for the invasion will be presented shortly to President Putin, who has not yet made a final decision on the invasion.
Putin is expected to meet with his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Russian intelligence chief Alexander Bortnikov before the start of the war.
This is because the UK, US and EU will launch a lightning attack on the Russian banking system and financial services industry if Russia invades.
Kiev is weakly defended because since 2014 most Ukrainian troops have been stationed in the east, fighting Russian separatists.
The Ukrainian capital is just 250 miles down the E95 from the southern border of Belarus, a distance that Russian tanks could cover in six hours.
The source added: “Once they get to Kiev, the Russians don’t want to send their troops into situations where they can fight street after street. Such close combat is likely to result in heavy casualties among both the military and the civilian population. The Russians don’t want to get bogged down.
Main battle tanks T-72B3 of the Russian Army take part in military exercises in St. Petersburg, Russia, February 14, 2022.
In this photo from a video provided by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense on Monday, February 14, 2022, military personnel train at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground during the Russian-Belarusian exercises “Allied Courage-2022” in Belarus.
“They are hoping for a ‘bloodless coup’ to overthrow the democratically elected government and install their own people without much struggle.
“Probably, they underestimate the readiness of Ukrainians to fight for their country, they are not going to turn over just like that. So it can get very bloody.
While the state-controlled media claims that NATO is to blame for the crisis, Russia has little or no appetite for conflict with its neighbor.
“Russians consider Ukrainians similar to themselves, many Russians also have Ukrainian relatives. A possible war raises little objection due to the Kremlin’s control of the media.
“That could change quickly if a lot of people are killed,” the source said. “An actual invasion would also cost Russia dearly financially and politically, as it would suffer severe economic sanctions and become a rogue state.”