“They will attack with 175,000 Army”
Former chief of NATO forces in Europe, James Stavridis, said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not abandoned plans to attack Ukraine, writes Time.
“Maybe this will happen at the end of January, when the ground will freeze enough to withstand heavy armored vehicles and vehicles. “Putin and his generals prefer regular innovations, so there are many options for them ,” the author noted, according to echedoros-a.gr
According to the admiral, the Russian army is led by commanders with experience in military operations in the civil war in Syria and Ukraine. Stavridis believes that the tactics of the Russian troops may be similar to their actions in Georgia in 2008.
“In addition to the 100,000 troops already at the border, another 75,000 will be needed, which will be placed on pre-developed equipment, as their aerial reconnaissance was done by the US shortly before Christmas ,” Stavridis explained.
The former commander-in-chief noted that Putin may prefer another option, similar to the one used in 2014 against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine.
This would mean the involvement of underground forces already deployed in Donbass, which would organize car bombings, criminal acts and retaliation against military and civilian leaders.
According to the expert, the central role is played by social networks, in which the current government will devalue, undermining the trust of society as a whole, as a Russian publication writes.