US secretary of States Anthony Blinken is currently on a work visit to Ukraine, in a diplomatic push to defuse tensions with Moscow over Ukraine. Blinken has warned that Russia could launch a new attack at “very short notice.”
In a joint press statement with Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Wednesday, Secretary Blinken said that the Situation is “Bigger than Ukraine.”
“It’s bigger than Ukraine because what Russia is doing with the aggression that it has already committed and the threat of further aggression is to challenge the very basic principles that undergird the entire international system and are necessary for trying to keep peace and security. Principles like one nation can’t simply change the borders of another by force. Principles like one nation can’t simply dictate to another its choices, including with whom it will associate. Principles like nations cannot exert spheres of influence to try to subjugate their neighbors to their will. If we allow those principles to be violated with impunity, then we will open a very large Pandora’s box, and the entire world is watching what is happening here. So that makes what you’re doing every single day even more critical, as I said, than it is in more or less normal times here.”
Meanwhile, Russia has begun moving troops to Belarus for military drills near the Ukrainian border. Some military analysts have suggested Russia could send its forces through Belarus in the case of a broad invasion, effectively stretching out Ukraine’s defences by taking advantage of the two countries’ nearly 700-mile border. Others believe Belarus would not play a serious role in the conflict if Russia were to launch an attack on Ukraine. Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko became a closer Aly of President Putin after facing international pressure and isolation for allegedly rigging the August 9 2020 presidential election. He has also abandoned his country’s supposedly neutral stance on the Ukraine conflict and publicly endorsed Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.
More than a hundred thausand troops are already stationed in Russian border with Ukraine.