Late on Friday afternoon, news broke that Russian President Vladimir Putin had called President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss the possibility of a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Crimea. The two agreed to dispatch their chief emissaries to talk details about how to diffuse the situation. But while a settlement might now be a possibility, United States and NATO intelligence assessments agree that the likelihood of Russian troops crossing the border into eastern (and possibly northern and southern) Ukraine grows by the hour. So, is this another Putin psych-out? It may well be.
Here are 10 facts on the ground that add up to a very real chance that Russia might still invade Ukraine:
At least go hit the bullet points.
I would have thought the Russians would have rolled earlier, with momentum on their side. But it takes time for their agents to stage the proper conditions on the ground. We’ll see. At any event, Putin won’t stop until he has at least de facto control of Ukraine.