Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba compared the unfolding fighting in the Donbas region to the Second World War.
“[It] will remind you of the Second World War, with large operations... the involvement of thousands of tanks, armored vehicles, planes, artillery.”
He said this would “not be a local operation” based on current observations of Russian preparations.
"Russia has its plan, we have ours - and the outcome of this will be decided on the battlefield," he added.
The Donbas is Ukraine's old coal and steel-producing area. The term refers to two big eastern regions, Luhansk and Donetsk. Russian-backed separatists declared "republics" in parts of the regions in 2014 and Russian forces have captured more territory since Vladimir Putin's special military operation began in late February.
HAL TURNER EDITORIAL OPINION
Well, well, well. The mask comes off. Ukraine doesn't __want__ peace; they've already decided "the outcome of this will be decided on the battlefield."
Now the world can see why the six previous meetings between Russia and Ukraine labeled as "peace talks" have achieved nothing. One side, Ukraine, is there playing a game.
What strikes me about the audacity of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister's remarks today, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, is the not-subtle-at-all-hints:
"This will not be a local operation." He then qualified that remark as referring to Russian preparations, but __I__ think he meant something very much different. I think he meant NATO is going to find a way to get involved. THAT would make the matter "not a local operation."
And my interpretation of his remark fits another component of his remarks, wherein he said "“[It] will remind you of the Second World War, with large operations... the involvement of thousands of tanks, armored vehicles, planes, artillery.”
Given that Ukraine has, already, lost at least seventy-five percent of its military potential, just where, exactly, does Ukraine think it will come up with "thousands of tanks, armored vehicles, planes, and artillery" . . . . unless (again) NATO enters the battle?
See where this is going? It looks to me as though NATO already knows it's going to enter the battle; is actually preparing to enter battle; and maybe has already conveyed to Ukraine they are going to enter the battle!
The Foreign Minister seemed to hint at that with today's remarks.
So what would it mean if NATO found some excuse to enter the battle? Without one bit of exaggeration: World War 3.