The arrival of 4,000 Russian troops on the country’s border with Ukraine could trigger a European war, according to a military expert on the region.
Pavel Felgenhauer’s warnings came as social media showed suspected Russian military build-up close to rebel-held eastern Ukraine and the annexed Crimea region, according to reports.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (center) visits the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Feb. 11, 2021. Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP
“The crisis has the potential to escalate into a pan-European war, if not even a world one,” said Felgenhauer, an independent Russian military analyst, in a recent interview with the Rosbalt news outlet in Russia. “Will it happen or not? Let’s wait and see. In the West, they don’t know what to do about it.”
Ukrainian servicemen visit the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine on Feb. 11, 2021. Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP
On Friday, Russia warned that it would “take extra measures” if NATO sends troops