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Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin gave a grim and sobering report on the Ukraine situation, stating that President Vladimir Putin has no intention of backing down and has his sights on not only all of Ukraine but potentially Europe as well.
She bluntly assessed that “the post-cold war architecture” that ensured stability and order in Europe following the efforts of former President Ronald Reagan is now coming to an end and the world must “brace itself” for what is coming next.
Putin gave a chilling speech that indicated he intends to reconstitute the Soviet Union. A speech that very much sounded like those given on the eve of World War II.
Russia has mobilized major troop units in the Donbas region of Ukraine following Putin’s announcement that Russia will formally recognize the sovereignty of two self-declared independent republics in eastern Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk. The move is seen by many as a prelude to invasion.
Catherine the Great: “I have to expand my borders to keep my country secure.” Today marks the latest example of Putin following the example of Russian Tsarina who took Crimea from the Ottomans
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) February 21, 2022
Something to be worried about: Russian Interior Minister Kolokoltsev told Putin that Moscow should recognize all of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as D/LNR. He said, “from Mariupol and ending with those historical borders.” So all the gray area in this OSCE map. Frontline is red. pic.twitter.com/j8bhHUHd6J
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 21, 2022
“Eyewitnesses in the Donbas say that columns of tanks and armored personnel carriers with Russian troops have begun moving into the Donbas,” Griffin reported. “U.S. officials are waiting and watching to see if those troops go beyond the Donbas.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that President Joe Biden will issue an executive order with sanctions against the two separatist areas and authorizing additional sanctions against Russia. Many in Congress find the move totally insufficient as some experts believe that Russia is sanction-proof and has now formally allied with communist China.
Imagine being a low IQ leftist and actually believing Putin is afraid of the basement dummy – 😂
It's world laughingstock Joe Biden's weakness and stupidity that has given Putin a green light to do what he wants.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) February 22, 2022
Griffin reported that Biden is adamant that no American troops will be sent “to fight in Ukraine.” That means that Putin is essentially free to waltz in and take Ukraine with no one standing in his way. Neither the United States nor NATO will stop him.
“Now, Putin says he’s sending Russian troops to serve as quote peacekeepers in the Donbas areas that he just recognized as independent,” she pointed out.
BREAKING-Putin orders "peacekeeping operation" in eastern Ukraine's two breakaway regions
— Phil Stewart (@phildstewart) February 21, 2022
Then Griffin explained what a full invasion by Russia will likely entail.
“This is Putin’s opening gambit, and he will want to see the response from the U.S. and its allies. Putin has options tonight militarily, but if Putin opts for a full invasion, the justification of which he laid out in his speech today, here’s what we can expect to see: electronic warfare, combined with cyber attacks will disaggregate and paralyze the Ukraine government and military. Anything on the communication GPS or magnetic spectrum will go dark,” Griffin explained.
“This period of pre-assault fire would then be followed by salvos of ballistic missiles. Those Iskander missile units in Belarus, Russian fourth and fifth-generation attack aircraft will then flood the airspace. Think blitzkrieg waves of attacks that will look like U.S. shock and awe at the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Targeting Air Defense Systems Command and control sites. The next wave will include tube artillery and rocket launchers, likely in the wee hours of the morning. Then he will insert his special forces, who we are told have target lists of Ukrainian journalists and civil society leaders,” she continued.
Putin’s checklist also reportedly includes so-called “kill” lists that will target leaders and Ukrainian journalists.
Griffin’s admonishment at the end of her reporting should send a chill down every American’s spine right now.
“Tonight, Bret, we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the post-Cold War architecture, which ensured a rules-based order, stability, and respect for the sovereignty of nations. The world must now brace itself for what follows,” she warned.
putin has long referred to soviet collapse as the worst geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.
his speech tonight attempts to address that. a brutally dangerous speech for a fractured global order.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) February 21, 2022
Putin basically says Ukraine shouldn’t exist. “A steady statehood didn’t occur.” Almost the same words that Stalin said about Poland in 1939.
— Yaroslav Trofimov (@yarotrof) February 21, 2022
In an article at The Atlantic, author and professor at the U.S. Naval War College Tom Nichols predicted that Putin’s “likely next move will be to stage some sort of incident in which he claims (as he did in Georgia in his war there) that the Ukrainians are the aggressors, and that Russia is acting only in defense of ethnic Russians.”
“This is the pretext for war,” he remarked, making reference to Putin’s speech.
“Putin has now affirmed that he refuses to accept the outcome of the Cold War and that he will fight to dismantle the European system of peace and security constructed by the international community after its end,” Nichols commented. “This is Vladimir Putin’s forever war, and Russia, cursed as it has been so many times in its history with a terrible leader, will be fighting it for as long as Putin remains the master of the Kremlin.”
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