(JustPatriots.com)- On Monday, Fox News published satellite imagery showing the build-up of Russian military forces along the Ukraine border. The images, collected over the past month by Maxar Technologies, show Russian tactical battle groups in several locations in western Russia as well as Crimea.
Amid the rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, on Tuesday morning, President Biden held a virtual summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation along the Ukraine border.
While the White House closed the meeting to American reporters, Russian media broadcast segments of the opening of the summit. The Kremlin also released a photo showing President Biden waving at Putin and smiling like the dope he is.
Last week, Secretary of State Blinken warned that Russia is laying the groundwork for an invasion of Ukraine. He cautioned President Putin that if Russia did not pull its military off the Ukraine border, the US would “respond resolutely,” including imposing the “high-impact economic” sanctions the Biden administration has thus far “refrained” from pursuing.
Of course, President Biden waving and grinning like an idiot during his “virtual summit” with Putin probably didn’t help sell Blinken’s the tough talk.
Last Wednesday the Kremlin blamed Ukraine for Russia’s amassing troops along the border, claiming Russia couldn’t reduce its presence while the government in Kyiv was conducting a military build-up of its own.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Ukraine has deployed over 120,000 troops to the area and suggested that it is Ukraine that is seeking a military solution to the conflict. Peskov called Ukraine’s actions “dangerous adventurism” which has caused “deep concern” in Moscow because it is “happening in the immediate vicinity of our borders.”
Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, accused Ukraine of placing “half of the entire Ukrainian army” in the eastern Donbas region.
Ukraine forces have been fighting Russian-backed separatists in Donbas since 2014 when Moscow illegally annexed Crimea.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky wants Ukraine to join NATO, as its membership in NATO would commit the US and Western Europe to the military defense of his country. Meanwhile, President Putin wants a guarantee from President Biden that this won’t happen.