Russian leader Vladimir Putin has said that his troops could sweep into Ukraine’s capital city Kiev in two weeks.
This occurred while he was having talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
NATO has announced that it will prepare a rapid response force of 4,000 troops to respond to Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.
It will be supported with equipment and logistics in Eastern Europe and should be able to respond to a Russian threat within 48 hours.
Russian forces have been spotted in both of the major rebel-held cities, according to Ukraine.
NATO estimates that 1,000 Russian troops have entered eastern Ukraine, with about 20,000 on the border next to the country. Russia has regularly denied sending troops into Ukraine. In fact, one pro-Russia separatist leader in eastern Ukraine claimed that the Russian soldiers in Ukraine were just on “vacation.”
Here is the exact quote: “Among us are fighting serving [Russian] soldiers, who would rather take their vacation not on a beach but with us, among brothers, who are fighting for their freedom.”
Russian foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov said that Putin’s statement about taking Kiev in two weeks was “taken out of context and carried a completely different meaning.”
He also said that it was “unworthy of a serious politician” to share what had been discussed in a private conversation.
What do you think? Do you think Putin’s boast that he can take over Kiev in two weeks is true?
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