NATO Says Over 1000 Russian Troops In Ukraine, "Extremely Worrying... Dire Situation"

Tyler Durden's picture

Hot on the heels of Ukraine's claims of 'invasion' and retraction of said claim, NATO is once again stepping in with strong claims about Russian 'incursions':


While NATO statements in the past have caused dramatic weakness in stocks (or been entirely shurgged off), it appears this time markets are taking their concerns more seriously as the officer states Ukraine's forces are in a "dire situation."

As Bloomberg reports,

NATO estimates there are currently 20,000 Russian troops in the border region to Ukraine, says a North Atlantic Treaty Organization military officer speaking to reporters today on condition of anonymity at supreme headquarters in Mons, Belgium. 


Well over 1,000 Russian troops now operating inside Ukraine: officer


Russian troops in Ukraine operating advanced equipment, serving as advisers for separatists: officer


As a result of Ukraine becoming more effective militarily starting in July, there has been a real upsurge in Russian activities of late. Cross border support, firing of rockets and artillery shells across border, supply of more weapons: officer


Russia has effectively created second front in the south, this is an extremely effective way to take pressure off separatists: officer


Puts Ukraine forces in “dire situation” since from south Russian forces can move up to link with Donetsk forces or can even move west toward Crimea: officer


Opening of second front in south is “extremely worrying”for Ukraine’s position; there’s a risk that Ukraine military’s supply lies will be cut: officer


Officer declines to call Russian moves in Ukraine an “invasion,” instead repeatedly uses the term “incursion”



Russia is more openly backing the Ukrainian rebels, now with small Russian military formations moving into Ukraine’s territory, senior NATO diplomat says.


Russia has provided artillery and rocket support for rebels, from positions both in Russia and inside Ukraine, diplomat says


SA-22 surface-to-air missiles are now being deployed, more sophisticated than the SA-11 missiles that downed the Malaysian airliner, diplomat says


Russian support has become more overt in the wake of Kiev government’s successes against the rebels near Luhansk and Donetsk, diplomat says

  • *NATO OFFICER: RUSSIAN TROOPS IN UKRAINE SERVING AS ADVISERS (just like the humanitarian Americans in Iraq?)

This follows talk earlier in the week of more advanced surface-to-air missiles.

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It appears the 'talk' is a little more real this morning as Ukraine's security council is considering calling a State of Emergency (which seems ironic given the constant threats they have been noting for months)

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And then there's this...

“Russian invasion” should be considered by UN Security Council, Latvian Foreign Minister

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Big Corked Boots's picture

The army that cried wolf.

fightthepower's picture

More lies to foment war from NATO...

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Will someone just start shooting already.  The quicker this happens, the quicker Putin can liberate Kiew. 

Xibalba's picture

NATO wants to own it all.  Of course they're 'extremely worried'...  

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Anders Rasmutton: "Nearly half a million Russian troops are gathered in Russia. I pooped my pants!"

NoDebt's picture

"Just the tip" seems an appropriate ZH phrase the dredge back up in this situation.

strannick's picture

Partition is just the fate Ukraine Will reap for being such a proxy puppet. Guess they were unsubscribing to believe the western powers actually gave a damn 

Latina Lover's picture

But, but I though Kiev was winning the war against the Rebels. The NY Times and CNN told me so, LOL.

max2205's picture

Nothing a well placed tactical nuke wouldn't solve

MalteseFalcon's picture

"NATO estimates there are currently 20,000 Russian troops in the border region to Ukraine"


NATO also estimates that there are over a million Russian troops in the country next to Ukraine.


Colonel Klink's picture

Shouldn't we all be calling it by its real name....ZATO?

Latina Lover's picture

Max2205,  2 tactical nukes would be even better, one in Kiev and the other in Lvov.

Frankie Carbone's picture

If I were NATO I would be extremely worried about those SS-rocket thingys and getting too uppity with the Ruskies thinking they are going to throw their weight around.

Big Corked Boots's picture


Nothing wrong with me.

Nothing wrong with me.

Nothing wrong with me.

(hey, how come the vid quits at the end? sumthin wrong with the player...)

Rakshas's picture

Not a bad video though the subtle tributes and references to the war on terror are somewhat incorrect and misplaced as was the venue first of all it is a war OF terror and the faces of the enemy can be found on the AiPAC/CFR/PNAC membership page like any pyramid start at the top and hammer your way to the bottom......

and as an appropriate video response I would submit

Idaho potato head's picture

Anders fog of war Rasmussen , blowhard psycho. Says launch the asteroid!

Stumpy4516's picture

I checked some newspapers online.  They are already running this story.  Both said that Russia had invaded, one said two tank columns were a part of this invasion.  Then they also used the NATO story line that there were over 1,000 confirmed Russian troops in Ukrain..

Blantant lies but the sheep in the US will believe it.

SteveNYC's picture

The Syria gameplan is perfect for this situation. The US should bomb rebel positions, and then, without consultation from Moscow, simply fly into Russian airspace and bomb key military and strategic balance the ledger of course.

If I even have to add /s here.......

spastic_colon's picture

obummer told them to wait until AFTER labor day!  something got twisted in the translation maybe

Freddie's picture

The USA has wide open borders with thousands of invaders coming across the border. The USA spends $1 trillion on the military, intel and police state crap.  Jerry Brown recently gave California to Mexico - Yet No One Finds that "Worrying"

F these Liars!


Icebramovich's picture

Do they have any proof of this or just Nato is telling lies all time?

Rakshas's picture

How many Sears Roebuck Mercs (formerly Blackwater, formerly Academi, formerly Xe formerly Big Bird) are in Ukraine.... just for comparison sake....

NotApplicable's picture

My guess is that by claiming it's an "incursion" rather than an "invasion" there's less of a need to provide proof. Invading armies show up pretty well, where as an "incursing" army... well, they just blend right in.

Gregor Samsa's picture

They quoted a rebel who boasted that there were 1000 foreign volunteers - a mix of regular men and ex-military - who had joined their fight. I don't doubt that this is true, just as it's true that there are neo-nazi militias fighting (and doing the dirty work) for the Junta side, but you'll never hear about that in the media. 

This 1000 volunteers is being craftily spun to make it seem like it's 1000 Russian regular army. 

youngman's picture

I hope the Ukranians man up....they are least the ones I knew...I think someone who is protecting their own house has more will to win....IMHO

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Yeah, that's exactly what the Ukrainians in Donetsk and Lugansk are doing, protecting their homes from the Kiev Yatzi Junta.

Brazen Heist's picture

NATO says, the Ukrainian government says. How many times have we heard this before? 

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


NATO says, the Ukrainian government says. How many times have we heard this before?

This week? At least two or three times.

gallistic's picture

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth."

     -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


"The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over."

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.... The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

     -Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister


"An idea or position is repeated in an attempt to elicit an almost automatic response from the audience or to reinforce an audience's opinion or attitude. This technique is extremely valid and useful because the human being is basically a creature of habit and develops skills and values by repetition (like walking, talking, code of ethics, etc.). An idea or position may be repeated many times in one message or in many messages. The intent is the same in both instances, namely, to elicit an immediate response or to reinforce an opinion or attitude."

      -Appendix I: US Army Psychological Operations Field Manual No. 33-1,  pub. 31 August 1979


"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

      -George W. Bush,  Rochester, N.Y., May 24, 2005

Kamath's picture

This is like the meltdown of 2008, where everyday, new assurances pertaining to the sanctity of the US banking system came out as the markets crashed.

Ms. Erable's picture

Imagine how the following 'headlines' would read in Russia:




craus's picture

Obama to Poroshenko "don't worry I'll help you like I helped the U.S. economy".
Poroshenk to Obama "I don't want your paper tanks clown".

Rootin' for Putin's picture

NATO, desperatly trying to be relevent and justify a bigger budget.
Go back to sleep NATO, no one needs you anymore.

himaroid's picture

DIRE Straits

Brothers In Arms

These mist-covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms

Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I've witnessed your suffering
As the battle raged high
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

There's so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Now the sun's gone to hell
And the moon riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it's written in the starlight
And every line in your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms
centerline's picture

I have one of thier albums.  Forgot about it actually until about a month ago when I bumped into it... and put it in my car's CD changer.

Telegragh Road is another great song by the way. 

Bernanke'sDaddy's picture

They're all great songs.


Listen/watch this and tell me it isn't as perfect musicianship as humanly possible.

813kml's picture

It's pretty good but could use some bass drops and autotuning to meet modern standards of perfection.

desirdavenir's picture

Knopfler is good, but here is perfect :

(used to tour with Steve Coleman, less visual but more impressive with a sax)

Bernanke'sDaddy's picture


NOZZLE's picture

Its about fucking time Putin got engaged in this.

JustObserving's picture

Meanwhile the Nobel Prize Winner bombing Iraq and then planning to bomb both ISIS and Assad's troops in Syria is just peachy - no cause for concern.

TheSecondLaw's picture

Ah, but you must remember - the US is exceptional.  When the US wages war it is always, without exception, a just war.  The rest are all scheming, thieving bastards.  An American Nobel Peace Prize laureatte drops bombs of peace. Bombs of peace, I tell you.  And the pieces of the people so shredded are to be pinned to the red, white and blue as badges of honour. Saluto Pax Americana.

JulienFR's picture

Pathetic warmongers...At least they could be coherent with their own previous "estimation".

Irishcyclist's picture

"The truth is the first casualty in all wars"



JDFX's picture

These Russians are likely to be ' military advisors ', assisting the ' free Ukrainian army. '

Gotta love the politics of Russia mirroring US foreign nation management policy.

At least it's all tweeted out for our children to witness how our stewards are behaving on the world stage.

giggler321's picture

1000 seems thin on the ground.  should ask first how many advisers, tanks,mercenaries the EU has there.