New war? “Unusual Russian military activity” near the Ukrainian border makes NATO and the US nervous!

Russian military buildup makes Washington and NATO nervous, is a new invasion of Ukraine planned? “Unusual Russian military activity” near the Ukrainian border!

Russia challenges the West!

Washington is nervous as Russia’s military buildup threatens to lead to confrontation. Fears are escalating after reports that Russian forces are preparing to advance into Ukraine.

Even as calm descends on the capital over the holidays, the Biden administration is grappling with reports that nearly 100,000 Russian troops are stationed at various locations on the country’s western border, and there is no sign of that number diminishing.

Tensions have grown so high that the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine on Wednesday warned of “unusual Russian military activity” near Ukraine’s eastern border and on the annexed Crimean peninsula and urged U.S. citizens not to travel there.

“U.S. citizens are reminded that security conditions along the border may change at short notice,” the embassy said.

The new warnings come at a time when Ukraine, a strategic U.S. ally, began publicly trumpeting this week that Russia could invade as early as January or early February, similar to its annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and its support for an insurgency in eastern parts of the country that has continued. Since then, more than 14,000 people have been killed in that conflict.

A new war could escalate this time!

A similar land grab, the second in less than 10 years, has global repercussions and could trigger a massive military conflict and geopolitical clashes between Russia and Western countries.

Our concern is that Russia could make the grave mistake of trying to repeat what it did in 2014, when it massed forces along the border, invaded sovereign Ukrainian territory and did so by claiming – falsely! it was provoked,” said Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenCIA director says there will be consequences if Russia is behind the “Havana Syndrome” attacks Buttigieg has high name recognition and high sympathy ratings in the Biden cabinet: Poll The U.S. is considering sending military advisers and weapons to Ukraine: report MORE said earlier this month.

U.S. officials, however, are determined not to be blindsided by such a military operation, and Blinken said Saturday that the administration is prepared for any aggressive Russian maneuver.

“We know the tactic of citing some illusory provocation by Ukraine or some other country and using that as a pretext for what Russia has been up to all along,” Blinken said on his trip to Senegal.

Is the US sending weapons and military?

Reports also surfaced this week that the Biden administration is reconsidering its options for deterring the Kremlin, including sending military advisers and new weapons to Kiev.

Such an aid package could include helicopters, mortars, air defense systems such as Stinger missiles and new Javelin anti-tank and anti-tank missiles.

U.S. officials have also reportedly been talking with European allies about drafting a new sanctions package that could go into effect in the event of a Russian invasion.

State Department officials have not publicly mentioned new weapons or sanctions packages, but one official told The Hill on Tuesday that the administration “has demonstrated that the United States is prepared to use a range of tools to counter harmful Russian actions, and we will not hesitate to use these and other tools in the future.”

In an effort to avoid being caught on the wrong foot, administration officials have shared information with allied countries.

White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden: Guilty verdicts in Arbery case ‘not enough’ Buttigieg has high name recognition and approval rating in Biden Cabinet: Survey Overnight Energy & Environment – Biden to release 50 million barrels from oil reserve MORE on Monday told reporters that the administration “has had extensive interactions with our European allies and partners in recent weeks, including with Ukraine.”

She added that the U.S. has also had “conversations with Russian officials about Ukraine and U.S.-Russian relations in general.”

Russian military actions raise concerns Drones are a strategic liability for U.S. The U.S. Embassy is warning of “unusual Russian military activity” near the Ukrainian border and in Crimea MORE spoke by phone Monday with Lt. Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhny, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces.

Milley also spoke by phone Tuesday with Russia’s top military officer, Gen. Valery Gerasimov.

The military leaders discussed “several security-related issues,” Colonel Dave Butler, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a report on the conversation.

In addition, the U.S. government has dispatched U.S. Navy patrol boats to assist the Ukrainian Navy in countering Moscow in the Black Sea.

But despite its threatening gesture, which has been publicly noted by numerous NATO countries, Russia still denies that it intends to invade its neighboring country, as it did nearly eight years ago.

Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that the buildup of forces and equipment “poses no threat to anyone and should not worry anyone.”

He instead blamed a “targeted information campaign” by Western states for the “buildup of tensions” and said that should the U.S. provide additional military support to Ukraine, it could “lead to a further aggravation of the situation on the border line.”

Western states, however, are not convinced, especially as Russia conducted further military exercises this week, according to a report by Interfax on Wednesday.

Russian fighter jets and ships reportedly practiced airstrikes, including some 10 aircrews and ships from the Novorossiysk naval base of the Black Sea Fleet, Interfax wrote.

Ukraine, for its part, is also preparing for a military maneuver with its own exercise this week.