President Putin wasn’t playing around when he warned the world during his 24 February address to the Russian people announcing his country’s special military operation in Ukraine that the Russian Armed Forces (RAF) will decisively respond to any third parties who try to interfere with its peacemaking activities in that former Soviet Republic. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov added to this by revealing that “We warned the United States that the orchestrated pumping of weapons from a number of countries is not just a dangerous move, it is a move that turns these convoys into legitimate targets.” One day later, the RAF bombed NATO’s de facto base in Yavorov right near the Polish border that The Guardian reported had previously hosted foreign military trainers from that anti-Russian bloc.
In this manner, Russia walked the walk by backing up its prior talk with the decisive actions that it earlier warned it would be compelled to undertake out of self-defense. Nobody should doubt President Putin’s resolve any longer, if such doubt even sincerely existed, that is. Just like the author warned 8 years ago in February 2014, “Poland Is The ‘Slavic Turkey’ Of NATO Destabilization” in Ukraine, in that it’s playing the same role there on the US’ behalf as Turkey did in Syria over the last decade. Of relevance, Poland also exposed the US as an unreliable ally just last week after offering to send fighter jets to its Rammstein Air Base in Germany ahead of their proposed transfer to Ukraine, which Washington ultimately declined doing despite earlier urging its NATO vassals to send such systems there directly.
This aspiring Central & Eastern European (CEE) leader is therefore unlikely to get dragged into “mission creep” in Ukraine due to the very credible concerns that it could easily be abandoned by America if it does so exactly as its supposed “ally” just abandoned its clever fighter jet proposal. Even so, no one should doubt that Poland still wants to exert influence over that neighboring nation, perhaps even supporting the speculative scenario of backing a second so-called “West Ukrainian People’s Republic” (WUPR) in the event that Lenin’s unnatural mini-empire collapses like some predict might soon happen, especially after unconfirmed reports that the Kherson Region that’s almost entirely liberated by the RAF might soon hold an independence referendum.
In that scenario, the WUPR could immediately hold its own referendum on joining NATO-member Poland (seeing as how its territory previously fell under the control of the interwar Second Polish Republic) or immediately apply to join the anti-Russian bloc outright, with either of these resulting in it coming under the US’ nuclear umbrella and mutual defense guarantees through Article 5. It’s unclear how Russia would respond in that case, but it would almost certainly spell the end of the Ukrainian state, though all parties to the conflict (both direct ones like Russia and indirect parties like the US) with the exception of Kiev itself might have already accepted that this outcome could very well be a fait accompli.
In any case, Russia just showed that it has the resolve to defend its forces from those deadly weapons that NATO is pumping into Ukraine even if foreign instructors might have been present at that bloc’s de facto base on the Polish border. This signals that it will also engage such foreign forces, be they uniformed NATO troops or their mercenary proxies, if they dare to directly attack the RAF since Russia is already destroying their unofficial bases from which they were receiving lethal arms to hand over to the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) and their fascist battalions. Their indirect hostility to Russia and open intent to kill its troops by proxy makes any of their forces in Ukraine legitimate targets for the RAF. With this in mind, NATO would do well to extricate its troops from that country as soon as possible.
By Andrew Korybko Via https://oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=2584