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Military build-up on NATO’s eastern flank

Compared to the figures before the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, the NATO reinforcement group in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (which does not include the national forces of the host countries) has been increased by 9930 people, 44 fighters and about 40 helicopters.

Published: March 3, 2022, 7:46 am

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    Estonia: 2 150 troops, 10 fighters;
    Latvia: 2 110 airborne troops, 20 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters;
    Lithuania: 2 420 airborne troops, 8 helicopters, 12 fighters;
    Poland: 10 100 airlifters, 12 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, 12 fighters;
    Romania: 2 700 troops, 22 helicopters, 22 fighters;
    Bulgaria: 150 troops, 4 fighters

    In general, in the European theater of operations, there is a gradual increase in the alliance’s logistical capabilities and an increase in its intelligence activity.

    Ten international NATO maneuvers with attack concepts were planned for 2022 in Ukraine specifically. Attack operations against Russia and Belarus are also among the topics of the program. The Ukraine and the Black Sea would thus become a year-round deployment area on land, on water and in the air.

    December 14, 2021 was a crucial day: The Ukrainian parliament, the Rada, passed a special law on foreign troop movements on Ukrainian soil. Law No.6359 is available on Parliament’s website.

    In particular, two CC130J Hercules military transport aircraft were transferred from Canada to Scotland. And to provide for the armored brigade of the US Armed Forces arriving in Germany, the American advance storage base in Mannheim, Germany, was activated.

    Cold Response exercises

    Of no less interest are the upcoming Cold Response exercises in Norway, where, among other things, two aircraft carrier strike groups of NATO countries will be involved at the same time. A total force of 35 000 personnel from 25 nations are taking part in the exercise.

    NATO’s future naval base in Ochakovo, financed by the UK, was incinerated by Iskander-M missiles in the first hours of the Russian demilitarization campaign. It was considered a top strategic target as it threatened Crimea and the whole southern Russia.

    Meanwhile, Georgian membership of the EU makes a war between Russia and EU states very likely, as Art. 42 (7) of the EU treaty states: “If a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power, in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter.”

    On 2 March 2022, the Nazi Aidar battalion suffered a huge defeat in southeastern Ukraine. More than 5 000 men are on the run, including their instructors from the private company Greystone, a former affiliate of Blackwater, the US mercenary company previously involved in Iraq. They also abandoned the equipment they had received from NATO.

    The Nazi Azov battalion however continues the fight.

    War is not in the interest of the EU

    Swiss bank Credit Suisse has warned that Russia’s loss of its foreign exchange reserves which is being seized by NATO countries, will act as a signal to other countries that they will not be able to use their money in the event of a conflict. Reserve asset managers will realize that it is now less sensible to hold assets in US dollars.

    Central banks will start moving away from the dollar which could impact the world monetary order.

    The EU said that the sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus would lead to difficulties in Europe. EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Janusz Wojciechowski noted that the loss of these markets was more relevant to Germany, the Netherlands and Poland.

    He noted that Russia and Belarus, which are covered by sanctions, and Ukraine account for €10,5 billion of exports and almost €8 billion of imports in trade with the European Union. He also noted that Ukraine is an important supplier of fodder crops, corn, wheat, oilseeds.

    “Stopping these imports hits the EU’s livestock sector first,” Wojciechowski said.

    US bioweapon labs in Ukraine present a huge danger

    The Russian embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday accused the US of “stocking up Ukraine with biolabs”.

    Bulgarian investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, who was fired in 2017 after publishing an article about covert arms supplies to terror groups in Syria by the CIA, has revealed that the US embassy in Ukraine had removed all documents from its Pentagon-funded biolabs in Ukraine.

    The embassy forgot to remove a document showing that the Pentagon was working on two new biolabs in Kiev and Odessa.

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