Russia’s deployed missiles (those actually ready to be launched) number about 1,588, second to the United States’ 1,644.
With tensions running high over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, all sides have accused each other of spreading misinformation and propaganda. Moscow has long accused Ukraine of ‘genocide’ against Russian speakers in the east.
“If Russia can grab chunks of Ukraine or install a puppet regime and withstand economic sanctions, that could embolden nationalists in China to look to Taiwan and think they could do the same,”
Nations has told the security council that Russian president Vladimir Putin has ‘declared war on Ukraine’.
The Federation Council — Russia’s upper house of parliament — has received an appeal from President Vladimir Putin for the use of armed forces outside the country, Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported, citing Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of the Federation Council.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has transitioned to a stalemate after it first erupted in early 2014, but shelling and skirmishes still regularly occur, including an escalation in violence in the spring of 2021.