|Column: Menacing intrusion in Crimea|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
The report that protesters have declared two eastern Ukraine cities to be independent republics questions President Barack Obama’s assurance that there is no “military solution” to the crisis that began with Russian President Vladmir Putin’s land grab of Crimea.
“If Russia moves into eastern Ukraine, either overtly or covertly,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said last week, “this would be a very serious escalation.” But what does that mean? A State Department spokesperson said only that such a move “would result in additional costs” to Moscow.
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