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The situation in Ukraine is fragile and volatile – NATO’s Gen. Philip Breedlove

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, and commander of U.S. European Command, Gen. Philip Breedlove talked to the Senate Armed Services Committee and briefed the press in the Pentagon Briefing Room on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gen. Philip Breedlove stated that “the situation in Ukraine is volatile and fragile” and urged Congress “to bolster U.S. intelligence capabilities to better understand President Vladimir Putin’s intent in the region”:

“Russian military operations over the past year in Ukraine, and the region more broadly, have underscored that there are critical gaps in our collection and analysis,” said commander of U.S. European Command and added: “Some Russian military exercises have caught us by surprise and our textured feel for Russian involvement on the ground in Ukraine has been quite limited.”

“We cannot be fully certain what Russia will do next and we cannot fully grasp Putin’s intent. What we can do is learn from his actions.”

“What we do see suggests growing Russian capabilities, significant military modernization and an ambitious strategic intent.”

“Russian forces used the opportunities presented by the recent lull in fighting to reset and reposition while protecting their gains,” Gen. Philip Breedlove said. “Many of their actions are consistent with preparations for another offensive.”

On April, 2015 NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove underlined that Russia should stop fueling conflict in Ukraine


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