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For the second time in three months, a Malaysian 777 aircraft, carrying 295 passengers and crew, is at the center of an international tragedy. Unlike the previous catastrophe, we know exactly where this one crashed and why: Shot from the sky over eastern Ukraine as it cruised smoothly at an altitude of 33,000 feet. We know that because, at this writing, un-named US intelligence officials are confirming that the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, a weapon system that has been the pride and joy of Russian defenses ever since the Cold War.
Last week provided numerous examples of sudden "discoveries" by a media establishment clearly out of its depth reporting on Cold War II.
The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.
Tanks headed north into Ukraine this week from Russian-controlled Crimea. Not at the head of an invading army, but on a trainload of military equipment in such poor shape that Moscow had no use for it.
President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that it will be difficult to roll back Russia's military land grab in Ukraine, even as Congress seemed to break a political logjam in Washington that has held up financial aid to the embattled European nation.
President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing a law making the Black Sea peninsula part of Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling it closer into Europe's orbit.
Citizens of Crimea voted on Sunday overwhelmingly in favor of splitting off from Ukraine to become a part of territorial Russia, a development likely to further stoke Cold War style tensions that have been escalating for weeks between Moscow and the West
CIA Director John O. Brennan said Tuesday that the Russian military "absolutely" has the capability to invade eastern Ukraine and that only Russian President Vladimir Putin knows whether such an invasion will occur.
President Vladimir Putin has turned a once-moribund Russian military into a lean, quick-strike force that can invade Chechnya, Georgia and now Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.