Russian troops performed military exercises and preparedness checks near the Ukrainian border this Tuesday, heightening US fear of Russia invading Ukraine, and prompting President Biden to put 8,500 troops on alert.
The exercises on land were performed as Russia’s Pacific Fleet vessels simultaneously performed drills with Chinese ships in the Arabian Sea. The Kremlin also announced joint aviation training between the Southern Military District and Black Sea Fleet, along with releasing video of Iskander short-range ballistic missile crews “entering field positions,” according to the Washington Post.
Coupled with the announcement that Russian Fleet forces will arrive in Belarus next month ahead of what Russia calls a “major military exercise,” this week’s moves caused the Biden administration to ramp up its response.
Biden put 8,500 troops already stationed in Europe on alert, warning of what the White House called an “extremely dangerous situation” in a press briefing last week.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last Tuesday, saying, “We believe we’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine. I would say that’s more stark than we have been.” Ukrainian officials have disagreed with the White House, saying an attack is not imminent.
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