It is painfully obvious that Vladimir Putin is looking to invade Ukraine, and sooner rather than later.
The Russia President has been slowly building up his forces on the border with their relatively tiny neighbor, with some experts believing that the action itself would start as early as Christmas Eve. This hasn’t occurred, of course, likely thanks to the strong admonishment that Putin is facing from the rest of the international community – the US figuring heavily into those reactions.
But this hasn’t yet deterred the former KGB agent, who is now threatening a rather deleterious degradation of the US-Russia relationship should America take pro-Ukraine action.
The dance between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine got feisty Thursday, with the Russian strongman threatening a “complete rupture” of relations if Biden slaps sanctions on the country if it invades Ukraine. The threat came during a phone call Putin requested in advance of bilateral talks between the two scheduled for next month. Biden pushed back against Putin’s aggression, with two officials telling The New York Times he “made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.”
The strong language comes as some in Ukraine begin to hear shelling in the distance, as the drums of war beat just over the horizon, closer to the Kremlin.