Russia Amasses Troops on Ukrainian Border

I know this has been going on for a little while now, but this photo, found at this Economist article, is genuinely frightening.

That's a lot of fighter planes.
That’s a lot of fighter planes.

The article goes on to say that:

According to satellite pictures and military intelligence, some 50,000 Russian troops are massed along the border with Ukraine. The forces represent a substantial fraction of Russia’s 270,000-strong army, and they cannot indefinitely maintain the high state of readiness they have been in since early March, not least because it is now the time of year when conscripts at the end of their term have to be sent home, and new ones trained.

I’m not sure if Putin will engage in an outright invasion of Ukraine because he really doesn’t have to. Let’s face it, Russia de facto controls a very large part of eastern Ukraine, not just Crimea. (It controls Crimea both de facto and de jure.)

Then again, Putin has been showing an alarming sense of bad judgment recently. So maybe he will invade Ukraine and we will have a world war to look forward to.

I hate to leave you on such an ominous note, so let me just point out the moral of the post: using copious amounts of Latin almost always makes you look smarter.

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2 thoughts on “Russia Amasses Troops on Ukrainian Border

  1. Natalie,
    I think we’re deluding ourselves to think that Vladimir Vladimirovich has a good grip on the local authorities than we think he has, least of all to say, Ukraine or even E. Ukraine. As demonstrated during his marathon Q&As, a huge chunk of it consists of complaints and pleas from people who have problems with local authorities. There is only so much a leader can do to enforce his decisions from the top.
    Of course, I could be wrong and maybe he’s planning to carpet bomb the hell out of their neighbour.

    1. Very true. Even the strongest dictators (for example, Stalin) don’t really have control over everything. In a country as big as Russia, that’s a pretty impossible task.

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