Putin doesn’t want to march in and take over all of the Ukraine. A reliable toady in Kiev is satisfactory.
Russia to deploy more 15 additional combat aircraft in Belarus territory in response to the increased NATO military activity along this countrys border with Poland. (Russia and Belarus signed an agreement on the joint protection of their airspace and the creation of an integrated regional air defense network in February 2009. It is part of the integrated air defense network of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a loose alliance comprising nine former Soviet nations.)