Tensions in Eastern Europe spiked today as Ukraine put its military forces on high alert, began mobilizing reserve troops, and even threatened war with Russia if they took any further military action in Crimea or anywhere else in the Ukraine. This comes a day after Russian President, Vladimir Putin , asked the Russian Parliament for the ability to take military action in Ukraine. The request swiftly passed through parliament.
“This is the red alert, this is not a threat, this is actually a declaration of war to my country,” Said the Ukrainian Prime Minister to English reporters.
As tension continue to reach a billing point between Kiev and Moscow, Western powers have been scrambling to find a solution. An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council was held yesterday to try and find a solution for the highly sensitive situation between the two nations and a NATO meeting in being held today, also for the same reasoning. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called Russia’s action as “an act of aggression that is completely trumped up,” suggesting that Russia was “possibly trying to annex Crimea.”
“Russia,” Mr. Kerry said in one of three Sunday television appearances on the crisis, could pay “a huge price” for its behavior, including the possible cancellation of the Group of Eight meeting slated for June in Sochi. If this continues, he said, Mr. Putin “is not going to have a Sochi G8, he may not even remain in the G8.”
President Obama Friday threatened Russia to stop military action warning “there will be costs.”