Moscow’s armed forces are being equipped with deadly “flamethrower” missiles capable of sending a ball of fire four miles in front of the troops to destroy the defensive forces
Russia’s defense chief Sergei Shoigu has escalated fears of an invasion of Ukraine by ordering his commanders to “prepare” their nuclear forces.
This was followed by US warnings that Putin could order his tanks to roll into neighboring Ukraine within weeks of months of military muscle-building against NATO.
Moscow’s armed forces are being equipped with deadly “flamethrower” missiles capable of sending a ball of fire four miles in front of the troops to destroy the defensive forces.
On Wednesday, Shoigu told Russian military leaders that her top priority should now be: “Increasing their combat capabilities, maintaining the combat readiness of the nuclear armed forces and strengthening the potential of non-nuclear deterrent forces.”
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He told them this was in retaliation for “increasing NATO activity near the Russian border” in recent weeks, referring to claims that US long-range bombers had flooded the country’s borders.
And he warned that Russia would react by equipping the military with “high-precision weapons, effective means of destruction, modern weapons and equipment”.
Russia is believed to have deliberately placed NATO and Ukraine commanders in a state of near permanent high alert over the possibility of an invasion.
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This should both mitigate the effects of an actual invasion, as has long been expected, and create a sense of repetition so that he can surprise her when or when he gives the order to attack.
In 2014, after paving the way with anti-Western propaganda for several years, his troops annexed Crimea in a lightning bolt operation with barely a single shot.
This meant that when the locals arrived, they were less angry and, in many cases, open to the presence of Russian forces.
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Around 13,000 people are said to have been killed in the daily fighting on the Ukrainian border with Russia since 2014.
It is believed that Russian forces are keen to push the front line further back into Ukraine in order to win nationalist support at home and win a decisive victory for the Moscow-backed separatists.
Another theory of Putin’s battle plan is that he will risk everything by sending troops in a pincer motion deep into Ukraine, rolling in from Crimea and Belarus.
A Russia analyst told the Daily Mirror: “The terrifying picture that is emerging is that in the middle of winter, massive Russian troops would invade Ukraine through Belarus in the north and Crimea in the south, heading for the capital, Kiev , an encirclement operation. to split the country in two. “
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The expert said the timing of an attack in mid-December would mean that the numerous waterways in central Ukraine would be frozen over.
This would mean there would be no need to build military bridges and an advance could be made at high speed.
By signing a military agreement with neighboring Belarus, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ensured that his troops can enter Ukraine via Belarus.
The Kremlin’s war in eastern Ukraine is believed to cost Russia billions of pounds each year, while the Russian economy has weakened over the past year.
The West’s sanctions against Moscow have paralyzed its economy.