Putin Rattles the Saber

The saber-rattling continues with the crisis in Ukraine this week. As President Vladimir Putin ordered additional deployment of air defense armaments and added more boots on the ground near the nation’s border.

The New York Time’s Michael Gordon is uneasy with the development:

“Either way, the new military activity is a major concern because it has significantly reduced the amount of warning that Ukraine and its Western supporters would have if Russian forces and separatists mounted a joint offensive.”

The moves come ahead of a June meeting involving the European Union. The meeting will discuss the current economic sanctions on Russia; whether the sanctions are eased or maintained remains in question.

Last week Russian leaders fired diplomatic arrows at the U.S. in response to 300 American military personnel training and leading Ukrainian national defense initiatives. These claims have yet to be validated.