Tensions are rising along with military activity in Crimea (REUTERS)
Washington Free Beacon: Russian Military Forces Staging
EUCOM: ‘Extremely concerned’ by regional tensions.
The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas in Russia where large numbers of military forces appear to be preparing for incursions into Ukraine, according to U.S. defense officials.
As many as 40,000 Russian troops, including tanks, armored vehicles, and air force units, are now arrayed along Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia.
Additionally, large numbers of Russian military forces will conduct exercises in the coming days that Pentagon officials say could be used as cover for an attack on Ukraine.
“Russian units will likely practice reinforcing the [Crimean] peninsula through such activities as amphibious landings and air defense exercises, and this may involve the change out of equipment and long convoys of military vehicles,” one defense official said.
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WNU Editor: Putting up Russian military bases and conducting exercises have been happening near the Ukraine border even before the current crisis .... so this is nothing really new. But I do understand that in view of the current tensions .... and total lack of trust .... everyone is expecting the worse. What's my take .... nothing is going to happen until after the U.S. election.
More News On The Russian Military Build-Up On The Ukraine Border
Russia-Ukraine tensions rise as Putin hints at war -- Global news
Vladimir Putin’s rumblings raise new fears of Ukraine conflict -- Washington Times
Putin Poised for New Assault Upon Ukraine -- James Coyle, Newsweek
Russia: Preparing an Offensive or Maneuvering for Easing of Sanctions? -- Jamie Dettmer, VOA
Crimea’s Spiraling Crisis Is The Whole World’s Problem -- Vocativ
Is Russia planning conflict in Ukraine? -- Reuters TV