Vladimir Putin has been secretly working on a sinister plot for years – and there’s a terrifying reason why nothing can stop him now.
The world watched in horror as Russia took its terrifying first steps towards an invasion of Ukraine today.
But the worrying escalation of conflict between the two nations is actually part of a sinister plot that has taken years to prepare – and according to a leading expert there is little that can now stand in the way of the president Russian Vladimir Putin.
As tensions between Ukraine and Russia have risen in recent months, the tense situation took a dramatic turn on Tuesday after the Russian leader signed an explosive decree recognizing two breakaway Ukrainian territories – the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR ) and the Luhansk People’s Republic. (LPR) – as separate regions of Ukraine.
Shortly after, another decree was issued revealing that Russian troops had been sent to these rebel areas for “peacekeeping” reasons, with images soon circulating on social media showing tanks and forces crossing the frontier.
Australian National University Russian political expert Dr Leonid Petrov told news.com.au that Russia has been planning the invasion of Ukraine – and potentially other states as well – for some time. time.
“The invasion began in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea, and the process continued soon after when Russian-backed rebels effectively took over two areas under Kiev’s control in the eastern provinces of Ukraine. Ukraine,” he said.
“Russian troops were there but Moscow has always denied their presence – but now Moscow admits their presence in Donetsk and Lugansk.
“Putin simply undermined the agreements of the Minsk agreement, which was the peace process agreed in 2014… which ended the hostilities.
“Now that armistice has been thrown away and Russian troops continue their advance when and as far as they want.”
The Minsk Agreement refers to a 12-point agreement reached between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in Belarus in September 2014.
The ceasefire agreement included a series of conditions and the deal quickly fell apart, but the two sides met again the following year and came up with a second 13-point plan.
According to Dr. Petrov, today’s escalation has torn this whole process apart.
“It fundamentally calls into question Ukrainian territorial integrity – there is no armistice, no Minsk process and Moscow recognizing these two provinces means that Moscow has effectively abandoned the agreement,” he said. .
He added that an upcoming summit between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart made ‘no more sense’ as there was ‘simply not much to talk about’ – unless the leaders planned. to redraw Ukraine’s borders in the light of new developments.
Dr Petrov said “the ball is now in the West’s court”, as Ukraine agreed in 1994 to give up its nuclear weapons in return for the promise and assurance that its territorial integrity would not be not violated.
But given Russia’s aggressiveness and nuclear capabilities, one can guess whether or not the West has the guts to stand up to Moscow.
The world is looking down on ‘a major new conflict’
According to Dr Petrov, the planet is now facing one of the greatest upheavals since World War II.
“I believe the world is now on the brink of a new major conflict,” he said, adding that he was convinced that Russia could “break the current world order” as the Nazi Germany in 1939.
“This time, the year 2022 will be remembered around the world,” he said.
“The assault started in 2014, and now it’s become the hot phase,” he said.
“These days, Russia is the aggressor.”
Putin’s Sinister Plot
So, can anything really be done to stop the Russian president?
Unfortunately, Dr Petrov believes that is no longer possible, for several crucial reasons – the first being that Russia will not be affected by any sanctions.
“Russia will be subject to more sanctions and more aggressive sanctions and I think Moscow is going to be diplomatically ostracized by the international community, but I think that’s what President Putin wants,” Dr Petrov said.
“He wants isolation, he wants to rule Russia indefinitely, and he doesn’t need to be integrated into the economy or the global community.”
Second, the current situation in Ukraine is likely to be part of a larger Russian expansion plan.
“[Putin] just wants to expand Russian territory and exploit the populations of the newly acquired territory,” Dr. Petrov said.
“We saw in 2008, during the war against Georgia, that he brought two enclaves that once belonged to Russia and now [it’s happening] with the territories of Ukraine.
“We could see an expansion in the former Soviet republics in the near future.”
And Mr Putin’s plan doesn’t necessarily end there, with Dr Petrov predicting that the Central Asian republics could be subject to Russian invasion, as well as nations in Europe and beyond.
“No one can guarantee the integrity of the states of the European Union like the Baltic republics [which include Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia] which were once part of the Soviet Union. Russia will also have the power to annex them,” he said.
“Putin cannot be stopped because of his state of mind.
“I believe he is determined to restore the Soviet Union and those borders from before 1991 (when the Soviet Union collapsed).”
And finally, Russia’s nuclear capabilities mean that taking on the rogue nation is a truly terrifying – if not outright impossible – task for the West.
“Putin has nuclear weapons and no one would really dare to confront a nuclear-armed Russia,” Dr Petrov said.
“I think the militarization of Russian society that started again when Putin became president turned into all-out war preparation from the early 2000s, and has now reached its climax.”
Russia’s ‘secret order’ exposed
Finally, Dr. Petrov said that Mr. Putin had one last trick up his sleeve: the covert mobilization of the Russian population.
“Now the Russian army has about 1.1 million people, but the mobilization of reservists was ordered a few years ago and it was a secret order,” Dr Petrov said.
“No one really knows the extent of the mobilization.
“But it can potentially swell the Russian army to the size of the Soviet army, with more than two million people.”