As Russia perches on its border with Ukraine with over 100,000 Russian troops ready for what many experts and politicians believe to be an imminent invasion, new reports indicate that the war might have already started.
According to the Washington Examiner, Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya reported to the United Nations Security Council this week that it believes Russia has deployed military drones to attack Ukrainian positions, adding that the drone reportedly dropped grenades onto several Ukrainian soldiers.
“Just a few days ago, on Jan. 25, armed formations of the Russian Federation once again attacked the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Pyshchevyk, Donetsk region,” Kyslytsya said in his report.
He added: “VOG-17 fragmentation grenades dropped from that [unmanned aerial vehicle] resulted in severe injuries to two Ukrainian servicemen.”
While U.S. diplomats scramble to talk Russia into lowering its guns, discussions have resumed regarding what might be the United States’ response should Russia actually launch a full-on ground invasion of its neighbor, with severe economic sanctions making the top of the list of retaliatory measures.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba expressed deep concerns over a potentially weak response from the United States should the situation rapidly deteriorate, as he explained in a recent NPR interview.
“If Russia succeeds here in Ukraine, that will send a clear message to everyone who wants to rewrite rules on which the world is based — that this is possible, that the United States and the democratic coalition led by the United States are incapable to maintain the current world order. They are weak. And if you behave in a bold, aggressive way, you will eventually succeed,” the minister said.
According to Politico, President Biden added further confusion to the situation after it was announced on Wednesday that he greenlit the deployment of some 3,000 U.S. troops to a number of Eastern European, NATO-allied countries as a precautionary measure of sorts.
As Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby explained to reporters on Wednesday, the troops were sent to bolster the defense capabilities of NATO allies should Russia decide to engage them in addition to invading Ukraine.