Russia is building up its armed forces near Ukraine’s borders in a threat to that country’s security. As Russian troops from different regions by the thousands have been assembling near the borders of Ukraine under the guise of preparing for exercises.
Already, reports had shown major movements of trains loaded with large amounts of Russian military hardware, including tanks, heavy armored vehicles, and heavy artillery, streaming toward the border with Ukraine.
The reports said the scale of these Russian military movements was so large that it had disrupted the movement of other goods via rail, such as agricultural tractors, in the country.
Now the visible massing of Russian troops in areas along Ukraine’s borders is leading to fears that Russia could launch a new Ukrainian offensive.
Ukraine’s army commander Gen Ruslan Khomchak says Russia has deployed 28 battalion tactical groups near Ukraine’s eastern border and in Crimea, which would amount to 20,000-25,000 troops. Additionally, he says Russia also has nearly 3,000 officers and military instructors in the rebel units in eastern Ukraine.
NATO’s officials have become alarmed over the Russian military build-up near Ukraine’s borders, as NATO ambassadors met to discuss the recent spike in violence in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.
US General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, called his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, Gen. Valery Gerasimov and Lt. Gen. Ruslan Khomchak. But Milley’s spokesperson would not discuss the call.
In a statement, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that at the initiative of the U.S., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mark Milley, had a telephone conversation with his counterpart were “issues of mutual interest were discussed.”
Training exercises are a possible explanation for the Russian military buildup, but a U.S. defense official told CBS News that the locations and types of units seen on the ground didn’t line up with what the Russian Ministry of Defense had previously announced.
Elements of what is happening now is being called similar to the run-up to Russia’s previous invasion of Ukraine in 2014, when Putin was facing domestic criticism and Obama was the US president.
In addition to the current Navalny controversy for Putin, Russians have also blamed Putin for corruption and a sluggish response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sanctions against the Russian petroleum sector are also having an effect, blocking access to needed technology. Russia has attempted to increase production in recent months in aging fields, but output continues to decline because they lack modern equipment.
The Biden administration is now perhaps facing what could be its first serious test with Russia as they are warning Moscow against any aggressive use of the military force that it’s assembling along Ukraine’s eastern border.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Revelation 6) foretell that there will be wars and rumors of wars signaling the world is nearing the end of this age.
These events and conditions happening now are warning signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare now for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
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