February 27th, 2014
12:19 PM ET

Russian troop movements near Ukraine raise concerns, U.S. official says

By Barbara Starr

Russian military exercises near Ukraine are raising concerns that Moscow may be putting troops in position to move across the border if such orders are issued, a senior U.S. official familiar with the most recent administration assessment told CNN Thursday.

But the United States still believes that Russia doesn't plan to order its forces into its tumultuous neighbor, the official said.

U.S. officials - who are monitoring the area 24 hours a day - have not yet seen signs that Russia is preparing to secure supply and transportation routes that would be crucial to any such movement, the official said.

Russian military activity levels observed by the United States also "appear to be within normal range," the official said.

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  1. maggie

    Worst Olympics Ever and then Invasion of a soviergn country.....wow...the world is so impressed (note sarcasm).

    March 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Random

      Really, the russians deserve some level of approval considering they kept our people safe as they vowed to.

      March 4, 2014 at 4:51 am | Reply
  2. Random

    Do the math. America is in decline. We can't even agree on a budget to keep the government running. Partisan politics have begun to destroy the country. I'm not sure we can turn it around either. So do the math. In 5 (probably less) years China will have capitalized on all the tech papers they hacked. We will be worse off than we are now, leaving one country capable of balancing china. There are pro's and cons to a willing and cooperative re-raise to power for russia, mainly they are hard on dissidents but this is also a good thing as it is extremely unlikely Russia will fail it's objectives without interference as in the past. It might not be the best option, but I personally feel the future is safe in Russian hands. Putin will sooner slaughter all the jihadi's than let them win.

    March 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  3. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    March 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • radgast

      humanity has had problems long before either superpowers were around, blame humanity, but the likes of all places have good and bad but you should first look to ones self

      March 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  4. StanCalif

    The Russian military is exercising outside of its leased bases. Thus the Russians HAVE invaded Ukraine, since Crimea IS Ukraine! Our government seems to be avoiding agitating Russia's dictator. We certainly can't overthrow Putin like we did with all those ME and N.African dictators we didn't like.

    March 1, 2014 at 6:18 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      We should immediately deploy on of our nuclear aircraft carriers, and support vessels, to the Black Sea. Let Putin play his games, then smash him!!! Putin is violating international law and must be held responsible!

      March 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Reply
      • Alex279

        Calm down. Black Sea is a kill box for any aircraft carrier battle group because it is impossible to have an isolation zone around it.

        March 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm |
      • maggie

        I agree with the sentiment ..but really we need a coalition to help Ukraine regain it's independence....it's corrupt government has collapsed ....it needs a complete plan.....not just a bombing....cheers. Maggie

        March 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm |
      • Rick from LA

        Why do we need a carrier in a region where we have numerous NATO Airfields. You only need Carriers in regions where you do not have adequate forward deployed forces. If Putin green lights armed conflict, the US and our allies can have heavy air assets in theatre within the hour. Plus we have sizeable land assets in the region as well.

        March 10, 2014 at 12:57 am |
  5. Realist

    Something is beginning to cast off an ominous odor of propaganda or basic fear mongering. Oh I think I smell CNN!

    February 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Donald George MacDonald

      Our U.S. government does need the media to help indoctrinate the masses, and the media eagerly complies.

      I used to believe media compliance had selfishly to do with increasing readership and therefore profits, but now I believe media compliance and parroting of our government's desires and ambitions are much more sinister collusions than mere compliance.

      February 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
      • Donald George MacDonald

        The expanding and escalating cycle thus feeds itself and prospers, like a self-perpetuating social and moral virus allowed to further drain our global health and wealth.

        February 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm |
    • George patton

      Well put, Realist. CNN along with the rest of the right-wing news media never tires in trying to scare the public into believing that we have a right to interfere in that part of the world. This is what I call just plain nonsense!!!

      February 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  6. Donald George MacDonald

    The Machiavellian leaders of both movements and nations are still, somehow permitted by a majority of their followers to issue ultimate threats of wars even when each new battle has taken an increasing toll. Many millions of our world citizens have already bravely sacrificed their health and lives for and because of the causes and conflicts created and continued by the leaders. Yet still, leaders are somehow permitted to coerce or order our finest youths to defend more of their chosen causes and to attack more of their chosen foes.

    February 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Donald George MacDonald

      I ask you how many more of our finest sons and daughters and then their children will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered to become brave soldiers in order to pass one of the entrance rites to adulthood?

      I ask you how many more of our world citizens will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered to go to war to kill other equally perfect human beings?

      I ask you how many more of our next generations of finest youths will somehow be coerced and convinced or ordered by leaders of nations, movements and religions to sacrifice their precious lives in war?

      How many more will it be?

      February 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Reply

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