The situation between Russia and Ukraine should not be ignored. It appears that relations are even becoming more difficult.
Vladimir Putin has built up troops on its border with the Ukraine – sparking fears he could be planning a new invasion.
The Russian leader has stationed as many as 40,000 troops, including tanks, armoured vehicles, and air force units along the country’s eastern border.
Large numbers of Russian troops are also due to conduct exercises in the coming days that Pentagon officials have warned could be used as cover for an attack on Ukraine.
Navy captain Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for the US European Command, said the upcoming Russian exercises were being closely monitored.
He told the Washington Free Beacon: ‘We are extremely concerned about the increased tensions near the administrative boundary between Crimea and the rest of Ukraine.
‘We urge both sides to avoid provocative steps or rhetoric that could escalate the situation.’
Last week the Ukraine claimed a Russian invasion was possible at ‘any minute’.
Andriy Lysenko, a military spokesman for Ukraine’s presidential administration, said: ‘The occupiers are conducting manoeuvres and we should understand that at any minute, at any hour, they could start a large-scale or small-scale attack.’