British military warns 50% of Russia’s entire ground force has now encircled Ukraine

UK Ministry of DefenceIN A VIDEO MESSAGE described by observers as “extraordinary”, the British Ministry of Defence has warned that at least half of the Russian military’s ground combat units have now encircled much of Ukraine. The report describes this as “the largest gathering of Russian troops” anywhere in the world since 1991—the year when the Soviet Union collapsed.

The video, titled “intelligence update”, was posted on Thursday on the social media application Twitter by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. It appears to be an example of what some observers are viewing as a “new front of information war” between Western and Russian intelligence agencies. As intelNews reported last week, American intelligence agencies have been instructed by the White House to release raw intelligence directly to the public about Russia’s intentions on Ukraine. This new method of public intelligence reporting has been described as “highly unusual” and even “unprecedented”.

British newspaper The Guardian called the two-minute video by the Ministry of Defence “extraordinary” in its candor and its attempt to communicate directly with the public. It includes visuals, such as satellite imagery, as well as graphics that show possible routes that Russian forces could take to invade Ukraine. The video warns that the scale of the Russian military presence along the Ukrainian border with Russia and Belarus is “far beyond that needed for a large-scale training exercise”. It concludes that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could take place “within days”.

The paper observes that Western spy agencies appear to be trying to use their intelligence information to “shape the narrative” about the crisis in Ukraine, before Moscow is able to use its formidable disinformation capabilities to set the agenda.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 21 February 2022 | Permalink

3 Responses to British military warns 503 of Russia’s entire ground force has now encircled Ukraine

  1. Jaison Amikable says:

    How long Putin will survive in the Kremlin is the major question now, since his credibility and the ever crippling Russian economy might push relevant persons to drag him out of his office, encouraged by the Russian mafia that probably is fearing its business might worsen if Russia invades Ukraine

  2. Andrew Kidd says:

    Good, we know where they are located and the target list will be easy to put together. Probably hiding out near churches, schools, and mosques.

  3. Pete says:

    Oh those Russians! Russia’s “peacekeeper” invasion of Eastern Ukraine [1] has unfortunate parallels with the British-French “peace-maker” invasion of Egypt during the 1956 Suez Crisis [2]. Invasions boosting the status of empires in trouble.

    [1] http://www.reuters.com/world/europe/un-chief-believes-russia-has-violated-ukraines-sovereignty-2022-02-21/

    [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocol_of_S%C3%A8vres#Lead-up_discussions,_motivations_and_proposals

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