| Ukrainian soldiers of the 1st Battalion 28th Mechanized Infantry Brigade sing along as their national anthem is played during the opening ceremonies for their training rotation with the Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv Ukraine on Feb 2 Photo by Sgt Anthony Jones 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team | MR Online Ukrainian soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 28th Mechanized Infantry Brigade sing along as their national anthem is played during the opening ceremonies for their training rotation with the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine, on Feb. 2. (Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team / Flickr)

Ukraine SitRep: Eating the seed corn–Intervention threats and responses

Originally published: Moon of Alabama on May 2024 by B (more by Moon of Alabama) (Posted May 08, 2024)

Dima of the Military Summary Channel and others have mentioned that the Ukrainian army has deployed its police and military cadets to the front line.

This is like farmer who, during a winter famine, eats his seed corn for the next year. It will only prolong the crisis and guarantee that there will be even more hunger during the following winter.

Where will the next generation of Ukrainian army officers come from when the cadets are all dead?

Over the last days the Democratic Minority Leader in the House Hakeem Jeffries suggested that U.S. troops would have to intervene in Ukraine:

In an interview with CBS News, Jeffries expressed concerns that despite billions of dollars in military aid from the United States, if Ukraine cannot secure victory over Russia, America may be compelled to intervene directly in the conflict.

The British Foreign Minister David Cameron has invited Ukraine to use British delivered weapons against Russian territory:

David Cameron said Ukraine “absolutely has the right” to conduct attacks inside Russia with British weapons as he made his second visit to Kyiv since becoming foreign secretary.Lord Cameron said it was up to Kyiv to decide how to use the ammunition supplied by Britain.

“In terms of what the Ukrainians do, in our view, it is their decision about how to use these weapons, they are defending their country, they were illegally invaded by Vladimir Putin and they must take those steps,” he said.

France has allegedly deployed parts of its Foreign Legion to Ukraine. The report follows musings by the French president Macron about putting French troops onto the ground in Ukraine.

All this was a bit too much for Russia. It invited the British ambassador to its Foreign Ministry to get an earful of serious talk:

Russia’s foreign ministry said the UK’s ambassador to Moscow had been “summoned” to make him “reflect on the inevitable catastrophic consequences of such hostile steps by London”.

Russia also announced a spontaneous drill of the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons:

Russia has threatened to strike British military facilities and said it will hold drills simulating the use of battlefield nuclear weapons in response to UK weapons being used by Ukraine to strike its territory.

It is the first time Russia has publicly announced drills involving tactical nuclear weapons, although its strategic nuclear forces regularly hold exercises.

The exercises will be held by the southern group of Russian forces which is also involved in the special military operation in Ukraine.

This should for now shut up the loud voices who dream of defeating Russia in Ukraine.

There is zero hope that this could be achieved. The Ukrainian army has had 600-700,000 soldiers, maybe even more. It has been defeated. How many soldiers could France deploy into Ukraine? 5,000-10,000? And all NATO together? 100,000?

No western force is currently configured and equipped to defeat a near peer competitor force. Twenty-five years of ‘war of terror’ have left those armies in a very sorry state. At least during the first year of an expanded war their troops would have no chance to survive. The Russian forces, by now a well oiled machine with plenty of excellent weapons, would defeat them within one or two weeks. What then?

Since February 2022 Russia’s old and new president Vladimir Putin has warned against all interventions:

Let me emphasise once again: if anyone intends to intervene from the outside and create a strategic threat to Russia that is unacceptable to us, they should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning-fast. We have the tools we need for this, the likes of which no one else can claim at this point. We will not just brag; we will use them if necessary. And I want everyone to know this; we have made all the decisions on this matter.

I for one do not take that lightly.

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