Russia and Ukraine begin military exercises as a possible invasion looms

Russian forces began ten-day drills with warships off a Black Sea port on Thursday, stoking fears in the West that an invasion of Ukraine could be imminent.

The news: According to The Washington Post, six ships arrived at the port of Sevastopol in Crimea.

  • These ships are often used to offload military troops, vehicles, and equipment.
  • Some of these ships were used when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008.

Details: According to BBC News, units of the Russian National Guard and other Russian military troops have also been massed near Ukraine.

  • “According to our observations, a week or two is still needed to complete possible preparations for a potential full-scale invasion,” Kirill Mikhailov, an investigative reporter with the Conflict Intelligence Team, told BBC News.

Why it matters: According to the Washington Post, Ukrainian officials called the maneuvers “unprecedented” that made a voyage through the Black Sea and Sea of ​​Azov impossible.

  • “In essence, this is a significant and unjustified complication of international shipping, especially trade, which can have complex economic and social consequences, especially for Ukraine’s ports,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The other side: According to foreign policy, Ukraine has also started military exercises.

  • “The fact that Ukraine’s armed forces are rearming at the same time as Russia’s signals a departure from a previous position of skepticism about whether its actions would provoke Moscow,” Foreign Policy said.

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