Ukraine PM calls for NATO’s help against Russia
As Russian troops mass along border, Denys Shmyhal urges NATO to send ships and step up surveillance flights.
Their cries of wolf are falling on deaf ears for those in the know. While we hear a constant stream of warning threats of the 100,000 Russian troops on the Ukraine eastern border, we are told nothing by Western media about the constant shelling of the Donbass perimeter by Kiev for years now, which silly people like us at VT would consider a shooting war provocation.
Then we have the silliness of the Ukies howling for more US ships, like there weren’t any US ships already there. But they are there, and have been for some time, and have been engaging in provocations causing them to have warning shots fired at them by the Russian navy.
The calls for more surveillance flights by Kiev are also silly. Those also have been ongoing, and are even not really necessary, as satellite surveillance is capable of seeing everything that needs to be seen, and at zero risk.
Regarding Kiev’s calls for more US military patrols, the US has been offensively probing the Russian air perimeter and China constantly for years, when Russia does not engage in similar activity, as it considers it to be a waste or putting wear and tear on their equipment that would be better served for more important work.
And last, we have the news from South Front today of Russia’s new defense systems interfering with F-35 offensive probes of its borders, up on VT today.
‘Russia’s Murmansk-BN strategic electronic warfare system prevented NATO F-35 fighters from operating near Russian borders, completely blocking communication of fifth generation warplanes with their command and control points and, presumably, with their satellites.’
So dear Ukraine, the US is there, and has been there, doing exactly what you are asking it to do, as if you did not already know that… Jim W. Dean ]
First published November 27, 2021
With a major mobilization of Russian troops once again menacing Ukraine, and U.S. intelligence warning of a potential invasion, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on Thursday urged NATO to send warships to the Black Sea and step up reconnaissance flights along Russia’s borders.
“Ensuring the constant presence of maritime warships of the NATO alliance in the Black Sea would be a very strong signal,” Shmyhal said in an interview with POLITICO by videoconference from his office in Kyiv.
“In the same way, a very strong signal would be the increase of intelligence and reconnaissance flights across the Russian border, in particular in the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea,” he said.
Shmyhal’s request echoed proposals put forward by Polish President Andrzej Duda during a meeting with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday. Duda also called for an increased deployment of allied troops in Poland and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
…But while U.S. officials have briefed NATO allies about the threat of a Russian invasion, Ukrainian officials, including Shmyhal, said they believe the Kremlin is most immediately focused on a wider effort at destabilization of EU and NATO countries.
They said that destabilization effort includes exploiting a rise in worldwide natural gas prices, and restricting supply, creating anxiety in some European countries about having sufficient fuel for winter, and among politicians worried about citizens angry at higher home heating bills.