People now have been experiencing the Ukrainian conflict for more than 4 days. It seems that the conflict can escalate into full on war. Yet we know very little about it.
That’s the idea behind war of course: no information to the outside world.
After Hungary’s prime minister seems to agree with Russia’s war effort, I don’t know what to expect.
What people fear is that Russia might provoke NATO and with that Hungary as well.
Are these fears based on a real threat? Are they irrational expectations caused by 40 years of cold war on the communist side, then 20+ years of chaotic “democracy”?
Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.
“This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said in English.
NATO called on Russia on Sunday to withdraw its forces from Ukraine to their bases, as Ukrainian officials said they were prepared to defend themselves and US Secretary of State John Kerry prepared a mission to Kiev.
Ukraine’s security council ordered the general staff to immediately put all armed forces on highest alert, the council’s secretary Andriy Parubiy announced. The Defence Ministry was ordered to conduct the call-up, potentially of all men up to 40 in a country that still has universal male conscription.
“We will not go to war with the Ukrainian people. If we do take military action, it will only be for the protection of the Ukrainian people,”said Putin, adding that there was no scenario in which Russian troops would fire “on women and children”.
Putin denied that the Russian-speaking soldiers occupying key Crimean military sites were Russian special forces, describing them as pro-Russian local self-defence forces.
“There are many military uniforms. Go into any local shop and you can find one,” he said.
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