Vladimir Putin's troops 'could wage war games for months'

Vladimir Putin’s troops ‘could wage war games for months’

Vladimir Putin’s troops ‘could continue war games for months’: fear West will not ease threats to Ukraine even if invasion is suspended, officials fear

  • Intelligence officials said they were prepared for the long haul.
  • They said that Putin’s invasion force should remain encamped around its neighbour.
  • It can even launch ballistic missiles as part of its menacing military exercises.

Western officials fear that Russian military exercises on the border with Ukraine could drag on for months.

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Christina Quinn said last night that she was “very concerned that the Kremlin could launch an attack ‘within the next week’.”

But after yesterday’s predicted invasion date passed, Moscow has been accused of creating a “new normal” where military force is used to intimidate and intimidate, keeping pressure on Ukraine and keeping the West on high alert.

Intelligence officials said they were ready for the long haul and feared that Russian war games, cyberattacks and disinformation would not stop for many months.

They said that President Vladimir Putin’s 150,000-strong invasion force should remain encamped around its neighbor and could even launch ballistic missiles as part of their menacing military exercise.

Moscow's announced troop withdrawal was halted when the Lada collided with an armored personnel carrier on the Putin Bridge in Crimea.

Moscow’s announced troop withdrawal was halted when the Lada collided with an armored personnel carrier on the Putin Bridge in Crimea.

Intelligence officials have said that President Vladimir Putin's 150,000-strong invasion force should remain encamped around its neighbor and may even fire ballistic missiles as part of its menacing military exercise.

Intelligence officials have said that President Vladimir Putin’s 150,000-strong invasion force should remain encamped around its neighbor and may even fire ballistic missiles as part of its menacing military exercise.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said yesterday that despite the Kremlin’s claims of a second day of withdrawal, the UK is actually watching Putin’s troops move into “offensive zones”.

At a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels, including Mr. Wallace, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s use of military force to challenge sovereignty had become “the new normal.”

He said: “There are signals from Moscow that diplomacy should continue, but so far we see no signs of de-escalation on the ground.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one security source said: “President Putin’s military is his most powerful tool, but not his only one, cyberspace, disinformation and rhetoric are different, it’s a constant drumbeat.”

“Russian military exercises will continue for many more weeks, and I expect that everything will remain really confusing and ambiguous. Russia is also likely to launch ballistic missiles eastwards from its bases in Belarus as part of this exercise.”

Yesterday, Ukraine reacted to the latest configuration of Russian forces by moving troops closer to the border.

Another official said: “Ukrainian troops… are ready for battle. We have been at this for several months.

According to intelligence, Ukraine is effectively surrounded, Russian troops in Moldova, Belarus and Russia itself pose an immediate threat, and warships in the Black Sea threaten southern cities such as Odessa.

The Russian state news agency TASS confirmed that there would be no withdrawal of troops from Russia’s border with Ukraine for “three to four weeks.”

Officials said they were ready for the long term and feared that Russian war games, cyberattacks and disinformation would not stop for many months.

Officials said they were ready for the long term and feared that Russian war games, cyberattacks and disinformation would not stop for many months.

US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House about Russian military activity near Ukraine

US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House about Russian military activity near Ukraine

However, the troops may leave Belarus earlier. Bilateral exercises should end there on Monday.

Yesterday Moscow ridiculed Western attempts to anticipate its moves, and a Kremlin spokesman offered to make more predictions so she could make her holiday around them.

Last night, British troops landed in Estonia to bolster the country’s defenses over fears that Putin might target the Baltic states.

The UK is doubling its manpower and sending tanks and armored fighting vehicles from the Royal Wales Battle Group.

The Ministry of Defense declined to say how many British soldiers are currently in Estonia, but it is believed to be in the hundreds.

British Apache attack helicopters will take part in exercises in Eastern Europe, and four RAF Typhoon jets will fly combat missions over Romania and Bulgaria.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is scheduled to visit Ukraine, Poland and Germany this week to bolster British support for Kiev.

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