WESTERN countries are hunting Vladimir Putin’s war machine with “thousands of troops” and an impressive arsenal of rocket launchers and F-16 fighter jets.
Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing as Moscow continues to build up its large-scale military presence in and around the country.
Ukraine is on the verge of an all-out war with Russia as 120,000 troops land on the border at great distances and the world is waiting with a gasp as Putin ramps up his artillery and tanks in the area. .
But Western allies are showing that the Kremlin will face an uphill battle as forces and equipment are being shipped to Ukraine and the surrounding Nato nations as the whole world is watching.
Britain supplied Kyiv with 2,000 man-portable anti-tank weapons, and the Baltic states followed through on promises of Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
Countries including the US and UK are discussing deploying thousands more troops to NATO countries in a show of strength against Moscow’s ongoing aggression.
According to the report, countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary can accept around 1,000 personnel each, mimicking the forward battle groups already stationed in the Baltic countries and Poland.
The US has also placed 8,500 troops on alert for short-term deployment, which Russia says has caused “great concern”.
It comes as six US F-15 fighters land today at Amari Air Base, Estonia – with six Danish F-16 fighters due to arrive at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Thursday in an attempt to bolster forces was deployed under NATO’s Baltic Aviation Policy Orientation Mission.
The jets will participate in air-to-ground and air-to-ground military exercises across the Baltic region.
On Monday, the NATO allies began a 12-day maritime exercise – dubbed Neptune Strike ’22 – led by the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea to “exercise”. demonstrate the strength and cohesion of our maritime forces”.
In another new development, Germany announced it would provide 5,000 military helmets to Ukraine as a “clear signal” that the country was “siding with Kyiv”.
But while the US and UK have begun sending more weapons to Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has ruled out sending “lethal weapons” despite repeated requests from Kyiv amid Russia’s military buildup. at the border.
It comes later Deadly UK-supplied anti-tank missiles have arrived in Ukraine last week amid fears Russia could invade in the next few days.
These weapons are designed to destroy Russian battle tanks in the event of an invasion and armed Ukrainian guerrillas who will continue the war.
Meanwhile, NATO allies have put their forces on standby, with additional ships and fighter jets deployed to Eastern Europe to bolster their defenses.
Denmark is sending a frigate to the Baltic Sea and plans to deploy four F-16 fighter jets to Lithuania.
And Spanish ships are joining the NATO navies – as leaders consider whether to send fighter jets to Bulgaria.
France has committed to sending troops to Romania, while the Netherlands will send two F-35 fighter jets to Bulgaria from April and is putting a ship and ground units on standby.
According to a Western official, the Netherlands is also considering a plan to send sniper rifles and armor to help Ukraine’s armed forces.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said: “I welcome the Allies to contribute additional forces to NATO. NATO will continue to take all necessary measures for the defense and defense of all the Allies, including the fortification of the eastern part of the Alliance.
“We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including strengthening our collective defenses.”
The West’s defiance comes as Boris Johnson claims this week British troops will join Nato forces in Europe to help defend Ukraine if Russia dares to invade,
The prime minister warned that any invasion would cause the worst bloodshed in Europe since the Second World War and that “many sons of Russian mothers will not be able to go home”.
Mr Johnson said the UK and its allies would react quickly and “unanimously” to any invasion and with severe economic sanctions.
He added: “The British military leads the NATO combat group in Estonia and if Russia invades Ukraine we will contribute to any NATO deployment to protect our allies in Europe. .”
They are unlikely to become belligerents but the ministers refuse to rule anything out.
He gave a Massive diplomatic flash to get shaken NATO allies up against Russia – by backing crippling sanctions and sending more weapons to Ukraine.
Defense Minister Ben Wallace will share intelligence on the extent of President Putin’s war planning with the Dutch and German defense ministers to help bolster their resolve.
“What we want from Germany, as the largest economy in Europe, is a clear signal about sanctions,” Mr. Wallace told The Sun.
Asked if war was inevitable, Mr. Wallace said: “Not yet.”
Meanwhile, Russia has deployed 20 warships and an estimated 1,000 elite paratroopers amid fears they could be used for a flash attack on Kyiv near the border with Ukraine.
Putin has deployed 20 warships to the Black Sea Fleet from the Crimean ports of Sevastopol and Novorossiysk for the second time in three days.
The sources claim that their latest war games involve frigates, patrol boats, rocket ships and amphibious ships over fears that a potential attack could play out on multiple matrix.
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