Crimea Situation Escalating: Part II

Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol March 3, 2014. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS)

With both Ukraine and Russia involved with troop exercises, how will the new Secretary of Defence, Lloyd Austin react? What does Russia’s inclusion of Belarus have to do with what is now deemed by United States European Command (Ucom) as a “potential imminent crisis”? And is China hoping the U.S. becomes distracted here so it can move against Taiwan? Brad Johnson analyzes.


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