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The command sounded across the ocean: “Into the gun!”

The command sounded across the ocean:

Photo: CTK / TASS

Recent press releases from the White House, the US Department of Defense and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization convey a uniform message that the US and NATO are ready – and possibly preparing – to enter an armed conflict with Russia over their joint client regime in Ukraine.

April 1 US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin held a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, the Minister of Defense Andrey Taranin which he “reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.”

The last expression means joining NATO, firstly, and the European Union, and secondly (as happened with all thirteen NATO members admitted to this bloc after 1999, which also joined the EU). In the Pentagon’s account of the conversation, Austin also “condemned the recent escalation of Russia’s aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine …” The Defense Secretary also “reaffirmed the US commitment to strengthening the capabilities of Ukrainian forces to better defend against Russian aggression.”

Austin recalled that the United States provided more than $ 2 billion in military and security assistance to Ukraine after the US-instigated violent coup d’etat in that country seven years ago, which led to the overthrow of the legally elected and internationally recognized government. Viktor Yanukovych and to the war in Donbass. Austin also confirmed a recent $ 125 million package from the Pentagon to “improve lethality, command and control, and situational awareness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

The next day the president Joe Biden (at least so it was reported) spoke with the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and “reaffirmed the unwavering support of the United States for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the face of continued Russian aggression in the Donbas and Crimea.”

Biden spoke about the intensification of the strategic partnership between the two states and about reforms. Again, Biden spoke of reforms in Ukraine that “are central to Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.” That is, for this country to become a full member of NATO.

On the same day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba in an interview with the newspaper called for “urgent American intervention in the de-occupation of (Donbass) and Crimea.”

Of course, the NATO spokesman said that “Russia’s destabilizing actions are undermining efforts to de-escalate tensions” in Donbas, adding that “the allies shared their concerns about the recent large-scale Russian military activity in and around Ukraine.” The reference “in Ukraine” undoubtedly referred to Crimea, and the reference “around Ukraine” to the movement of Russian troops within Russia itself. The fact that the Ukrainian government fought for seven years in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which border Russia, and that Ukrainian shelling across the border with Russia killed and injured Russian citizens seems to justify the movement of Russian troops given the recent escalation. fighting in the region.

The US European Command (EUCOM) has raised the readiness of the armed forces to the highest level. EUCOM is one of six geographically united (Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard) combat commands that the Pentagon uses to divide the world. The EUCOM chief is also the supreme commander of NATO forces.

In a recent interview with Ukrainian television, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces Ruslan Khomchak confirmed that the country’s armed forces are fully prepared for a possible war and are capable of “defending the territorial integrity and independence of our state.”

This, of course, is true for any army, but Khomchak was more specific, making it clear that the Armed Forces of Ukraine should be ready to act both in the offensive and in the defense, as well as to conduct maneuvers, that they have experience in fighting in eastern Ukraine …

In fact, the fighting has been going on there for seven years.

President Zelenskiy recently approved Ukraine’s new military strategy, which – unsurprisingly – focuses on the conquest of Donetsk, Luhansk and even Crimea. Total attacks on Donetsk and Lugansk will provoke a war with Russia with a certain probability; an attack on Crimea would make it inevitable.

NATO is mentioned 19 times in the document talking about the impending war with Donetsk and Luhansk. It is also understood that Ukraine will be provided with “assistance from the international community on favorable terms for Ukraine.”

More specifically, it refers to “the political, economic and military support of the international community for Ukraine in its geopolitical confrontation with the Russian Federation.” The new military strategy also refers to the involvement of Ukraine in a war between NATO and Russia, in which Ukraine “will be involved in an international armed conflict, especially between states with nuclear weapons.”

Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration, advocated by Biden and Austin, will make Ukraine’s participation in the war between the world’s two largest nuclear powers inevitable. It could also make Ukraine the main battleground in such a war.

Kremlin let US-Ukrainian attack on Donbass last too long

Paul Roberts

Kiev is now claiming the existence of “guarantees” from the United States. This situation is similar to the “guarantee” that the idiotic British government gave to Poland, thereby prompting Poland to provoke Germany to war.

The worst decision the current Kremlin has made is to deny Donbass a request for reunification with Russia. This unfortunate decision led to ongoing conflict, to the continued deaths of Russians in Donbass, to a build-up of the Ukrainian military, and now to the Pentagon’s guarantee against Russian defense of Donbass.

Russia’s usually low-key foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that attempts to unleash a new military conflict in Donbass could end in the destruction of Ukraine. Since the Kremlin has already committed countless insults and provocations against itself, Washington is not at all worried about Lavrov’s warning.

What a mess the Kremlin has put on its own head!

Translated by Sergei Dukhanov.

Posted by Rick Rozoff – Rick Rozoff is an investigative journalist, blogger, manager of Stop NATO international. Lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Published with permission from the publisher.

Posted by: Paul Craig Roberts – Paul Craig Roberts is a Ph.D. in economics and is the US Under Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Ronald Reagan Administration. He has worked as an editor and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek magazine and Scripps Howard News Service. At one time he was the author of a regular column in The Washington Times. Author of numerous books on the biggest problems of our time.

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