Lithuania to reinstate conscription amid Russian Fears – Vilnius (AFP) – Lithuania announced on Tuesday it would return to limited conscription later this year as concern mounts over Russian military exercises near NATO Baltic states.
Western “Boots On The Ground” In Ukraine: Britain Sends 75 “Military Advisers” To Combat “Russia-Backed Aggression” – In what we believe is the first touchdown of Western ‘boots-on-the-ground’ in Ukraine, Britain’s David Cameron stated today that British military personnel are to be deployed to Ukraine for the first time in the next few weeks to provide advice and training to government troops. The Guardian reported that Britain would be “the strongest pole in the tent,” and argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russian-backed militias in eastern Ukraine failed to observe the ceasefire. The Ministry of Defense said up to 75 personnel would begin to deploy to Ukraine from next month as Cameron warned sanctions could become “materially different” and held out SWIFT exclusion once again.
Propagandists Prepare Russia for a Fight – Just a year ago, Mr. Putin seemed to be losing his grip on the public’s affections. Now he is reclaiming it, thanks in large part to TV programming portraying Russia as a nation under threat, and Putin as the only leader who is capable of standing up to its enemies. And with support for the president comes support for the war in Ukraine and for confrontation with the West.
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Ukraine Rebels Claim Heavy Weapons Pullback – KHARTSYZSK, Ukraine – Howitzers were seen moving east Tuesday from the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine further into separatist-controlled territory; but the Ukrainian government disputed the rebels’ claim that a heavy weapons pullback had begun.