An extremely critical exceptional situation has now dawned for the Western European nations: It can be assumed that Russia will now move hundreds of thousands of soldiers from the one million-strong army towards the west – so far no more than 150,000 Russian soldiers have been deployed in the Ukraine war, the number can now triple.
Experienced soldiers are now being mobilized, the time for inexperienced reservists is over.
Russia will use all means to protect its territorial integrity, said Putin, who also warned against “blackmailing” his country with nuclear weapons. “Those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the compass rose can turn in their direction.” Putin has already put the strategic nuclear arsenal on increased readiness to deter NATO from interfering in Ukraine.
He says “to the West: We have many weapons to answer. This is not a bluff,” Putin said. “We will use all resources to defend our people.” And further: “The West wants to destroy our country. The West didn’t want peace between Ukraine and Russia.” It is “our historical tradition to stop those who seek world domination, who threaten our motherland, our homeland, with dismemberment and oppression.”
What Kremlin boss Putin can now set in motion is enormous. Even if it should be written down often, the Russian army should not be underestimated. Russia has invested heavily in modernizing its armed forces in recent years. Under President Vladimir Putin, the former Soviet army, plagued by underfunding and corruption, has developed into a modern, large and now battle-hardened force.