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Monday
Jun232014

Military Buildup Belies Putin's Support for Ceasefire with Ukraine

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be talking peace and planning war as a tenuous ceasefire in eastern Ukraine doesn't seem to be holding.

Putin said that he supports Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's week-long armistice while at the same time ordering military drills throughout central Russia, essentially putting tens of thousands of troops on combat alert.

While he continues playing mind games with his Ukrainian counterpart, Putin is also wary of new threats by the West to impose even tougher economic sanctions on Moscow for its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Those new penalties could come this week.

Reports of fighting between Ukrainian national forces and insurgents during the supposed ceasefire won't help Russia's situation if it’s looking to avoid sanctions.

Meanwhile, Russian news services reported Sunday that President Obama will talk directly with Putin within days to discuss Ukraine as well as the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria.


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