Russia and Ukraine started a key battle, 20 NATO countries sent troops around Russia and started four military exercises at the same time
2022-05-17: [Article Link]
After more than two months of bitter fighting, the situation in the Russian-Ukraine conflict has changed significantly, with the global spotlight on the battles in Mali-Upol finally coming to an end, and the announcement of the surrender of the Ukrainian guard of the Asteco steel factory and the confirmation by the Ukrainian military that the Ukrainian army of Mali-U-Por has “completed its combat mission”, which means that more than 20,000 elite units of the Russian coalition that have been dragged into the area will be liberated and put into the battlefield in Donbas in the north. According to the outside world, the war in Donbas, which has begun in Russia and Russia in recent days, is crucial, and whoever can win it will stand in undefeated positions, and the army's line of defence will be even more precarious as the Russian army joins with the strength of life. At this critical juncture, NATO, which has been supporting Ukraine in the dark, finally did its part. According to a report by the Network, on Monday, 17 May, local time, NATO announced that it would launch four large-scale military exercises in the immediate vicinity of Russia at the same time. The analysis suggests that NATO's choice for a military performance at a critical point in the conflict in Russia and Russia was to draw Russian attention and ease the pressure on Ukraine, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, to demonstrate NATO's “rich capital” for Sweden and Finland, which have just announced their accession to NATO, on the other, and to reassure many of its members against Russia. It was reported that NATO began its military performance in Estonia in the Baltic Sea with the code-named “Punto 2022”, one of the largest in local history, with 15,000 military personnel from 14 countries, including troops from Finland, Sweden, Georgia and Ukraine, and which included air, sea and air combat and cyberwarfare training. The American Navy's amphibious attack ship, the Chirshaji, also took part in the military performance, and it is worth noting that the United States and NATO claim that they have nothing to do with Russia, although the area of the exercise is only 60 kilometres from the Russian border. In addition to the Bounty 2022 exercise, NATO conducted the Iron Wolves 2022 exercise in Lithuania, in which 3,000 NATO soldiers and 1,000 pieces of military equipment, including heavy technical equipment such as the German Leopard-2 tank, took part. This NATO event was dominated by large-scale military performances of “European defenders” and “quick response” involving 20 countries, with more than 18,000 NATO soldiers practicing combat in eight countries, including Poland. Military experts pointed out that, with the stalemate in the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the expansion of NATO to the east has come to a definitive conclusion, and that Finland and Sweden have resolved to renounce decades of neutral status and join NATO to seek asylum, which is certainly not good news for Russia. Moscow has publicly warned that, once NATO has established military facilities in both countries, an “effective response” will be made and that the Russian army has now reinforced its border forces with Finland and Sweden, including offensive weapons such as missile launchers, which have been deployed at the border, and that, in the event of an outbreak, the NATO countries bordering Russia will be a priority target for Russia.