The aid convoys that Russia says it's sending into war-torn areas of Ukraine are just bait to trigger an all-out Russian invasion, a journalist has been reporting from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev told Newsmax TV
And the world is falling for a humanitarian ruse designed to provoke an all-out war, Nolan Peterson, editor and co-founder of the military news Web site Blue Force Tracker, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.
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Peterson said that Ukranian troops fighting pro-Russia separatists know the score: They complain that the much-publicized aid trucks rolling across the border, into areas controlled by the separatists, are nearly empty and only meant to draw fire.
Meanwhile, said Peterson, Russian troops and artillery massed nearby wait for the pretext of a human-rights violation to launch an attack.
"Moscow has about 45,000 troops that deployed to the [eastern Ukraine] border right now, so any provocation — any excuse — is exactly what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's looking for to launch real, full-on invasions," said Peterson.
But Peterson said that Ukranians feel like world and media opinion are on Russia's side in a manufactured humanitarian controversy, when the real threat is Russian military aggression and Moscow's continued arming and aiding of violent separatists.
"They've been crying out to the world for months trying to explain to people that Russia has basically invaded eastern Ukraine, and for some reason the attention and focus is on these trucks," said Peterson.
Peterson said that the furor over aid trucks obscures a basic truth: War is happening right now.
"Russia's already flying fighter jets into Ukraine and shooting down Ukrainian jets," he said.
"Russia's firing artillery daily into Ukraine on Ukrainian soldiers. They're sending Chechnyan mercenaries into Ukraine.
Despite global condemnation of Putin for annexing Crimea, in eastern Ukraine, and harsh U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia, Peterson said that Moscow is winning the public relations war.
"Most people say it's a pro-Russia rebel movement in Ukraine," he said. "But after having visited eastern Ukraine last week I can say without a doubt … Russia is fighting a war in Ukraine already," he said.
In a follow-up segment, conservative Denver talk show host Mandy Connell told Berliner that thanks to poor foreign-policy and military leadership from President Barack Obama, "It feels like the entire world is on fire" and that "Ukraine is another thing on our checklist of things we're supposed to care about."
Connell said one ready response to Russia's mauling of Ukraine would be to re-start the regional missile defense shield program that the U.S. abandoned under pressure from Putin. But she doubted America has "the stomach" to go there.
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