The Russian-Ukraine war is “unavoidable”, but if it happens, the death toll will be high: US military officials


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is inevitable, but if it happens, it will lead to a significant number of deaths, a senior U.S. military official said Friday.

“Conflicts are inevitable,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters in the Pentagon, Washington. “There is still time and place in diplomacy.”

Russia has gathered more than 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union until independence in 1991. The area is also loaded with artillery, ballistic missiles and other weapons.

Ukraine has about 150,000 active troops, the other troops are reserves.

Austin and General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Russia should work with the United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states to reach an agreement rather than going to war. But in the event of an invasion, Ukraine’s terrain and conditions mean that the fighting “causes a significant amount of casualties,” Millie said.

In cities like Kiev with a population of 3 million, freezing of frigid waters facilitates the movement of troops across Ukraine, which can lead to rapid combat.

“I can imagine what it would look like in a dense urban area, such as along a road. That would be scary,” Millie added.

“Clearly now, we have the ability to invade Ukraine,” said Vladimir Putin, President Austin.

Russia has so far refrained from invading neighboring countries, and one senior official said on Friday that he “does not want a war”, but has not reached an agreement between Russia and NATO and Russia withdraws troops from the region. I haven’t let you.

President Putin said on January 27 that he would analyze the written response from the United States after Russia demanded that Ukraine not allow Ukraine to join NATO or host US military bases.

Ukrainian officials have condemned certain US actions, including the dismissal of diplomats and urging US citizens to leave the area.

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Ukrainian soldiers will confirm their location on January 28, 2022 in a trench at the forefront of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. (Vadim Ghirda / AP photo)

“In my opinion, this is a mistake, because they show how the world reacts,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters at a briefing in Kiev. “Journalist, if you want to understand the situation, let me come to Kiev. Are tanks driving our city here? No, but it’s like this [reading the news]”He said again.

NATO Chief Executive Jens Stoltenberg told a briefing in Belgium at about the same time that members of the alliance were ready to increase their military presence in the eastern part of the block.

“From the NATO side, we are ready to engage in political dialogue, but we are also ready to respond if Russia chooses armed conflict, confrontation. Therefore, both options are ready. We are working hard for the best peaceful and political solution, but we are prepared for the worst, “he said.

The United States and its allies have sent security assistance to Ukraine, including grenade launchers and guns, but US President Joe Biden has promised not to send troops to fight domestically.

However, the United States is ready to meet its obligations under NATO rules, which stipulate that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all countries, putting an army of 8,500 on alert. I am.

U.S. officials said these troops could be deployed in NATO member states bordering Ukraine, including Poland, Hungary and Romania.

“We are not actually moving the troops. We put the troops on a higher alert. Even if we move the troops, the purpose of deploying them is to reassure our allies. Letting, and / or directly supporting NATO, “Austin said.

“We certainly do not intend anything I know about using aggressive force to attack Russia, and I do not think it is NATO’s intention at all.” Millie added. “This is completely designed by Russia and President Putin as an obvious force against Ukraine.”

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber features US news and stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.