A Russian invasion force or armoured tanks painted with a letter ‘Z’ and huge convoys were seen moving towards the Ukraine border, as the eastern region continues to be rocked by shelling and British ex-pats have pledged to fight like devils.
About 200 military vehicles were spotted in Shebekino, Russia, just across the border from Ukraine’s Kharkiv Oblast, with ‘Z’ markings applied hurriedly to the backs of most vehicles.
It’s suspected the markings have been assigned for specific roles amid growing tensions over a looming attack, with footage revealing the letters sprayed on tanks, self-propelled guns, fuel tanks and supply vehicles.
Independent Russian Telegram channel Hunter’s Notes, which closely observes military movements, said all equipment marked with ‘Z’ was seen near Kursk and in the Shebekino region of Belgorod on the border with Ukraine.
The tactic mirrors that used by UK and US forces in the First Gulf War when the allied invasion sent to liberate Kuwait marked vehicles with a distinctive upturned chevron [^] to avoid friendly fire once action begins.
A source in Ukraine told a newspaper outlet that it would suggest final preparations are complete, and that Ukrainian’s have significantly similar tanks and vehicles and the Russians will want to lower the risk of friendly fire.
It comes as explosions shook eastern Ukraine late on Saturday after the NATO chief warned the signals coming out of Russia indicate that Moscow is preparing for a full-fledged attack.
Hundreds of artillery shells have exploded along the contact line between Ukrainian soldiers and Russia backed separatists, further increasing fears that the volatile region could see a Russian attack.
He told the BBC that they were there, they were ready to fight and they would fight like devils, and that there was a small ex-pat community there but they would join with their Ukrainian partners, their Ukrainian friends and Ukrainian family.
French President Emmanuel Macron will call Russia’s Vladimir Putin to attempt to prevent what Western powers anticipate will be an imminent invasion.
It seems that mankind has learnt nothing from the past.
Why Russia, why? Because they have Vladimir Putin, and he will use war as an everlasting peace.
The trouble with Russia is that it’s a failed country and has nothing to offer countries like Ukraine and it has nothing to offer its own citizens.
It’s a kleptocratic system that has utterly failed to modernise its economy, but countries like Ukraine have the initiative to move forward and to improve the lives of their citizens.
This is an extremely unfortunate situation, not just for Ukraine, but also for the Russians themselves where their young generation are growing up with very little perspective and lots of frustration.
However, war is profitable and it’s all about money and power and not about the lives that will be lost, and Vladimir Putin will go down in history for all the wrong reasons, that’s if any of us are still alive to know about him in the future, so let us all pray that he doesn’t take us all down with him.