What the heck! How long has the NATO media been repeating the mantra that Russia is going to invade Ukraine like any day?! At any moment? At the drop a hat!
Or should I use my favourite Bushism and say the NATO media was "catapulting the propaganda"? repeatedly.
It's been weeks and weeks of Russian troops may be massing to invade Ukraine or Russian troops poised for invasion of eastern Ukraine, despite denials
Today the coin has flipped! Breedlove is suggesting that what happened in Crimea is being replayed in Eastern Ukraine and there will be no invasion.
To quote him exactly-
Breedlove said that until a week ago, he thought the most likely military response from Russia would be to send in troops to southern Ukraine and secure a land bridge to the peninsula of Crimea — which voted in March to join Russia — before possibly pushing on toward the Black Sea port of Odesa and then farther west toward Moldova.
"Today I would tell you I don't think that's the most likely course of action ... I think now that Putin may be able to accomplish his objectives in eastern Ukraine and never go across the border with his forces," he said.
"Now I think probably the most likely course of action is that he will continue doing what he's doing — discrediting the government, creating unrest, trying to set the stage for a separatist movement," and that would make it easier to cement Moscow's military and economic hold on eastern Ukraine, Breedlove added.
"In that case, I think it's the most troublesome for NATO because if the forces do not come across the border, my guess is that many will want to try to quickly go back to business as usual, and I, for one, do not believe annexing Crimea is business as usual."
1st- Crimeans voted to rejoin Russia Suck it up, already.
2nd- a landbridge from Crimea towards Odessa?- hmm.. that never crossed my mind. I sort of figured that the anti-coup movement would grow in all the most ethnically Russian populated areas from Eastern Ukraine South to Odessa connecting in with Transanistria, which will then seperate from Moldova, finally- Transnistria is pretty much separate from Moldova, anyway. Same as Crimea was separate from Ukraine.
Transnistria operates presently as an autonomous state in Moldova. Albeit a landlocked state.
However, that could change if the anti-coup movement grows and the people get what they want.
Transnistria (also called Trans-Dniestr or Transdniestria) is a breakaway state located mostly on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine. Since its declaration of independence in 1990Thinking of the Dneiper river
And of course the strategic pipeline below
3rd- Breedlove-"Now I think probably the most likely course of action is that he will continue doing what he's doing — discrediting the government, creating unrest, trying to set the stage for a separatist movement"
Assuming "he" is Putin? Seriously, does Breedlove think that anyone else has to do much of anything to discredit the coup government in Kiev? The Kiev government is so bad. A technocratic government, installed by the US. Impoverishing the Ukrainian people, subjecting them to the IMF edicts. The Kiev government props itself up with thugs/fascists/neonazis. Does anyone, anywhere, have to make much effort at all to discredit the coup regime?
The NATO media pounded on the idea of imminent Russian invasion for months and now.....????
1-Was NATO hoping to goad Russia into invading Ukraine & Russia simply didn't take the bait?
2-Is NATO leadership now perplexed?