President Vladimir Putin has voiced his opinion on the fall of the Soviet Union and how Russian nationals have been divided through the separation. With the invasions of the Ukraine, and the previous invasion of Georgia in 2008, it appears Russia would like to rebuild what was lost in the collapse of the USSR. President Putin keeps testing the thin red lines to see which one will start a war.
Despite sending troops to Poland and other countries in Eastern Europe, we’ve remained clear we don’t want a war. Two nuclear super-powers going to war is the scariest thought imaginable. Russia has remained strong in military spending throughout recent years. Due to the economic downturn, many nations including the US have cut back on military expenditures. Manpower won’t be a problem, as we’ve never done away with the draft.
Whether or not additional manpower is needed will depend on how good our politicians are at negotiating. The US and our European Allies continue to threaten more sanctions, while Russia suggests there could be a repeat of the August War in Georgia. That 5-day war didn’t begin with the same backing from the west as this confrontation between Russia and the Ukraine. Neighboring nations that became independent from the USSR in its’ fall, now worry if they’re safe from invasion by Russia. NATO and US continue to guarantee support against such action by Russia.
Pro-Russian insurgents are said to be the reason Russia may incur further sanctions. In response to the recent peace agreement in Geneva, these Pro-Russia forces have said they will not back down until the new Ukrainian government steps down. The US has said it is up to Russia to use their influence to bring these forces to back down. President Putin has claimed he has no involvement with this group, but continues to put forth the message that Russian interests will be protected.
With the cavalry, dolphins and sea lions find their perspective sides under water. Russian interests appear to include the citizens of the sea, as they have said the dolphin defense program of Crimea is now part of the Russian Navy. With the ability to detect sea mines and enemy divers, these mammals are an important addition to military forces. The US has a similar program, in which these intelligent life forms are trained to protect in the sea. (Karimi, 2014) Along with the 600 troops we are sending to Poland, we have promised to deploy marine forces to the black sea by early this summer. Let the war games begin.
Karimi, F. (2014, 03 27). Report: Ukraine military dolphins to switch nationalities, join Russian navy. Retrieved 04 23, 2014, from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/27/world/europe/crimea-dolphins-defect/index.html
Ukraine Timeline. (2014, 03 19). Retrieved 04 23, 2014, from RT.com: http://rt.com/news/putin-address-ten-quotes-778/