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NATO says Russia is planning 'large-scale attack' on Kiev, warns of 'real danger' of all-out war in Europe

NATO says Russia is planning ‘large-scale attack’ on Kiev, warns of ‘real danger’ of all-out war in Europe

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that there are all indications of this Russia He plans a “large-scale attack” on Ukraine and urges Moscow to reverse course immediately.

“We urge Russia in the strongest possible terms to choose the path of diplomacy. This is the most dangerous moment in European security in a generation,” Stoltenberg told reporters from Brussels.

“Every indication is that Russia continues to plan a large-scale attack on Ukraine,” he warned.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, February 19, 2022.
(Associated Press/Michael Probst)

The Secretary-General’s comments come just a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his decision to recognize independence From two Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, I then ordered “peacekeepers” to enter the Donbass region.

Stoltenberg emphasized that NATO had “evidence” that Russian forces had already invaded Ukraine on Putin’s orders.

He has mobilized more than 150,000 troops along the Ukrainian borders in Russia and Belarus, as well as in occupied Crimea and Donbass.

“Moscow has now moved from covert attempts to destabilize Ukraine to overt military action,” the NATO Secretary General said. “Many units are deployed ahead in combat formations. They are out of their encampments in the field and ready to strike.”

Stoltenberg praised the immediate moves by countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States to target Kremlin-linked financial institutions, and said that NATO would continue to help Ukraine’s defense by providing military equipment and “continued financial support.”

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The United States and NATO have said they will not deploy forces in Kiev to deal with Russia militarily because Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

Member states surrounding Ukraine such as Romania and Poland received military support as thousands of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom and the Baltic states were deployed to protect against any possible Russian aggression.

In response to a reporter’s questions about growing fears of an “all-out war” in Europe, Stoltenberg warned, “there is a real danger.”

“Ukraine is a valuable partner, and we support them with military support and political support,” he said. “But when it comes to NATO allies, we offer absolute security guarantees. That is, we make absolutely clear that an attack on one ally will result in a response from the entire alliance – one for all, all for one.

“There is no room for miscalculation about our ability to defend all allies,” Stoltenberg added.

Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 18th Airborne Division board a C-17 as they deploy to Europe, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 18th Airborne Division board a C-17 as they deploy to Europe, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
(AP Photo/Chris Seward)

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The NATO chief said it was still possible for Russia to reverse course by not invading Ukraine again and returning to the negotiating table.

“It is not too late not to attack, which is why we continue to call on Russia to step back, de-escalate, and engage in good faith in diplomatic efforts,” Stoltenberg said.

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