‘A redeployment, not a withdrawal’: Kyiv still under threat as Russia moves troops to attack other areas of Ukraine

Russia’s announced withdrawal of some troops from Kyiv should be looked at as a “redeployment” rather than a withdrawal, the Pentagon said Tuesday according to the Daily Wire, adding that Kyiv is still under threat even as Russia moves to attack other areas of Ukraine.

“[A]ny movement of Russian forces from around Kyiv is a redeployment, not a withdrawal, and the world should be prepared for a major offensive against other areas of Ukraine,” a U.S. official told Fox News’ Mark Meredith on Tuesday.

The official characterized Russia’s withdrawal as an admission of “failure” in “subjugating all of Ukraine,” but said the threat was far from over even as peace talks made progress in Turkey.

“No one should be fooled by Russia’s announcements,” the official said. “It also does not mean the threat to Kyiv is over. Russia has failed in its objective of capturing Kyiv, and failed in its objective of subjugating all of Ukraine, but it can still inflict massive brutality on the country, including Kyiv.”

Peace talks progressing

“Given that the talks on the preparation of an agreement on the neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine have moved into a practical field … a decision has been made to radically, by several times, reduce the military activity in the areas of Kyiv and Chernihiv,” Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said, according to the New York Post.

Russia also claimed that it was moving back from the two major cities as a way to increase trust between itself and Ukraine.

U.S. President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders took a wait-and-see attitude about the negotiations, which are still ongoing.

“We’ll see if they follow through [on] what they’re suggesting,” Biden said of Russia’s announcement. “There are negotiations that continued today, one in Turkey and others. I had a meeting with the heads of state of four allies in NATO — France, Germany, the United States and Great Britain — and there seems to be a consensus that let’s just see what they have to offer.”

Not “fooling ourselves”

The West’s cautious optimism is understandably tenuous given Russia’s proclivity under President Vladimir Putin for using chemical, biological and even (small, strategic) nuclear weapons against its enemies.

“We are not — and nobody should be — fooling ourselves by the Kremlin’s recent claim that it will suddenly just reduce attacks near Kyiv,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. “It does not mean that the threat to Kyiv is over. [Russia is] still inflicting massive brutality on the country, including on Kyiv even today, and continued airstrikes.”

While the West including Biden desperately want an end to the fighting without involvement of any NATO troops, that is not likely to come without a steep price by Ukraine in the form of concessions that may get them peace but lose them parts of their autonomy.

Putin may be despised by most of the world at this point, but he’s got the upper hand in Ukraine and he knows it,

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