Russia Stages Snap War Drills Near Ukraine As NATO Backs Off Military ‘Option’ 

  • Russia is flexing its military might further with snap war exercises near Ukraine and in Crimea announced on Tuesday, also as its navy conducts pre-planned joint drills much further south with China and Iran in the Arabian Sea.
  • Russian language news agencies announced that some “6,000 troops and 60 warplanes have been deployed for so-called combat readiness drills stretching across three regions near Ukraine and in Crimea, 
  • Russian fighter jets will also be involved in the large-scale exercises, including squadrons of Su-27SM, Su-30SM2 and Su-34 fighters, which will “refine interaction when performing missile strikes at a maximum distance,” the military said.
  • It comes a day after a handful of NATO countries including Spain, Denmark, Lithuania and possibly France began sending limited military assets including jets and frigates toward Eastern Europe. The Biden administration also put 8,500 troops on “prepare to deploy” orders, but has yet to send them East.
  • However, NATO appears to be rapidly backing off its threatened military “option” and deployments toward Eastern Europe reported Monday.