If there is to be a war between NATO and Russia, it will begin the Donbas region of Ukraine.

On Monday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the regime in Kiev is preparing a new offensive in the contested area, a move that would violate the Minsk II ceasefire signed in February.

Last week seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 40 wounded in skirmishes near Donetsk.

At the same time, Eduard Basurin, the spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, accused the Ukrainian military of attacking its area with tanks and heavy armament,

The US has accused Russia of inflaming tension in the region and using the ceasefire to capture 28 towns and villages in a 250 square kilometer wide area.

“The struggle in Ukraine is more serious than ISIS,” said the former US ambassador to Ukraine and Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, John Herbst. “It’s very simple. Any military thinker looks at a threat – what is the possible damage? Putin wants to change the peace established in 1991 and after World War II.”

“Putin wants all of Ukraine,” added Ukrainian MP Dmytro Lubinets.

First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy, the radical nationalist leader of the coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Ukraine last year, told InterFax on Thursday 30 units of Russian military hardware have crossed over the border in the last two days.

Military Preparations for War

Meanwhile, US and British special forces are actively preparing Kiev’s military for escalated combat, reports Stephen Lendman.

Earlier this month it was reported that approximately 75 British military trainers are currently in the Ukraine to help the Kiev government defeat “Russian-inspired terrorism.”

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, who characterized the crisis in Donbas as “red hot,” said his country plans to double the number of trainers working with the Kiev government’s military.

As well, the United States stated in July it will train regular Ukrainian military forces later this year.

In February the Obama administration announced it may send “defensive arms” to Ukraine.

The following month the House of Representatives voted to urge Obama to arm Ukraine.

“The West needs to bolster deterrence in Ukraine by raising the risks and costs to Russia of any renewed major offensive,” a report issued by the Atlantic Council and the Brookings Institute argues. “That requires providing direct military assistance — in far larger amounts than provided to date and including lethal defensive arms.”

The report was authored in part by Michèle A. Flournoy, the former Undersecretary for Defense. Flournoy is a “liberal interventionist” who worked as a senior adviser for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and supported 2005 advocacy campaign spearheaded by the neoconservative Project for the New American Century that called for increasing the size of the US military.

Globalist Insiders Predict War

Reports of Russian troops entering Donbas, the training of Ukrainian soldiers by the US and Britain, unprecedented military exercises by NATO and Russia, and repeated violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreement point to a wider conflict and the possibility of a world war between two nuclear superpowers.

As Infowars.com reported earlier this month, war games by NATO and Russia increase the possibility of “dangerous military encounters” and war on the European continent, according to the London-based European Leadership Network think tank.

“While spokespeople may maintain that these operations are targeted against hypothetical opponents, the nature and scale of them indicate otherwise: Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia,” Ian Kearns, director of the ELN, said in the report.

The report highlights NATO’s “Allied Shield” exercise in June and Russia’s “snap exercise” held in March that involved 80,000 military personnel.

“These tensions are further aggravated and elevated into a sense of unpredictability when the exercises are not pre-notified or publicly announced beforehand, as is apparently the case with a number of Russian exercises,” the report states.

Globalist insiders, from Henry Kissinger to Mikhail Gorbachev, have warned about the increasing danger of a war in Ukraine that may develop into a larger world war.

In January Kissinger told the US Senate Armed Services Committee he was “uneasy about beginning a process of military engagement in Ukraine without knowing where it will lead us and what we’ll do to sustain it.”

“I believe we should avoid taking incremental steps before we know how far we are willing to go. This is a territory 300 miles from Moscow, and therefore has special security implications,” he said.

“I can no longer say that this Cold War will not lead to a ‘Hot War’. I fear that they could risk it,” said Gorbachev.

“The statements and propaganda on both sides make me fear the worst. If anyone loses their nerve in this charged atmosphere, we will not survive the next few years… I’m really extremely worried.”

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