In other news today:
U.S. Fighters Circle Baltics as Putin Fans Fear of Russia
“President Vladimir Putins decision to hold snap military drills in the Baltic Sea last week just as he was pouring troops into Ukraines Crimean Peninsula sent shock waves through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which demanded, and got, military support from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.”
Russia can’t say this was previously scheduled.
Advance notice was give under treaties to NATO and the West. A country bent on aggressive war usually conceals troop movements from friends and foes alike.
This drill is coincidental with the crisis in Ukraine, which is of a political rather than a military nature.
That is why both the Kiev regime and its friends in the West are helpless to respond to the situation because it is not one using force will address. Its a legitimacy problem faced by the Ukrainian authorities.
Bullying Russia will not make it disappear.
I bet our ELINT boys are having fun. So much new stuff to record and analyze.
What right does putin have to dictate in Ukraine how they can vote and then limit their choices? What if the Crimeans want to just be their own country?
This is like a repeat of the Maidan. While the Ukrainians wanted independence, they had to choose between EU or Russia.