Friday, March 14, 2014

UKRAINE INVASION: FLANK ZONE NEWS

TO: FLANK POINT
FROM: COC
SUBJ: THE RUSSIAN BORDER BUILDUP


THIS REPORTED BY RFE:

Andriy Parubiy, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said on March 12 that Russian troops are massing along Ukraine’s borders for a possible invasion.

Parubiy said the troops are being deployed “in an offensive manner,” and that the forces include more than 80,000 soldiers, “up to 270 tanks, 180 armored vehicles, 380 artillery systems, 18 multiple-launch missile systems, 140 combat aircraft, 90 combat helicopters,” and 19 naval warships.

 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE), signed Warsaw Pact and NATO states in 1990:

 Under post-Soviet negotiations to update the CFE during the 1990s, limitations on the amount of military equipment that could be deployed in so called “flank zones” like Russia’s border region with Ukraine were eased.

Some parts of Rostov Oblast -- where the Southern Military District is headquartered -- were removed completely from flank zone limitations.

Meanwhile, the renegotiated agreement said Russian active units in the flank zone could hold no more than 700 tanks, 580 armored combat vehicles, and 1,280 artillery pieces.

 Russia suspended its implementation of the CFE treaty in December 2007,

THE USA SUSPENDED REPORTING IN 2011


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CRIMEA: NAKED AGGRESSION MET WITH DENIAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OP-ED.....MILBUR

BUCHAREST--It is amazing how the public, and the administration, is in denial over one basic fact. President Putin has no intention of "losing" Ukraine, he plans instead to invade it. The blueprint is exactly the same as that of the Georgia 2008 invasion; crush the military and take no prisoners, he does not have to settle for anything less.
Comparisons have been many; Serbia and Kosovo, Georgia 2008; the one overlooked is Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. That is the only accurate portrayal of naked aggression in recent memory that does justice to Putin's deliberate enslavement of the Crimean people.
The response should be as swift and robust as was that of the Kuwait invasion. Colin Powell needs to put Putin's "feet to the fire"; General Schwarzkopf needs to start stacking up the divisions in Romania.



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