The Russia-Ukraine crisis continues to escalate as Russia begins embarking on new military drills near the border after the Ukrainian Interior Ministry declared pro-Russia militants who died at the checkpoint in Slaviansk as “terrorists.” It added that Ukrainian forces killed the militants during operations to take down pro-Russian activist roadblocks.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, if Kiev is beginning to use its military against its own people, then it is no doubt a very serious crime. There would be consequences for the Ukraine government leaders making the decisions.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had ordered the military drills of Russian forces near the border to begin.
Ukraine responded with a 48-hour deadline to allow Russia to explain its military drills near the Ukrainian border. However, it issued no consequence once the deadline has ended. According to NATO satellite photos, 40,000 Russian troops are stationed near the border of Ukraine and could launch an invasion upon the order of the Kremlin.
US Secretary of State John Kerry considers Russia’s actions a “full-throated effort to actively sabotage the democratic process through gross external intimidation.” He pointed out that Russia’s actions could mean a “very expensive mistake.”
US President Barack Obama, currently in Tokyo, told reporters that sanctions that have been “teed” against Russia they would implement if it continues to invoke “provocative actions” despite the peace accord the two countries signed in Geneva.