April 23, 2014
Russia Claims Obama And CIA Pushing Ukraine To Confront Separatists, Putin Will 'Respond In Kind'

Russia is now claiming President Barack Obama and the CIA are secretly working with Ukraine behind closed doors in order to convince the newly formed government to send their military against the separatists, who have seized around 10 cities in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. Vladimir Putin and the Russian foreign ministry have already claimed they will "respond in kind" if military attacks were to escalate.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, around 25 percent of the world believes the United States will cause World War 3 or the end of the world. Russia did not even make the top five for ending world peace, and even Israel is considered a large threat to the world.

The agreement made earlier in Geneva has already began to crumble as neither side wants to take the first steps demanded by the other. Putin has admitted to illegally sending Russian soldiers without military insignia into Ukraine, which is a major violation of the Geneva Conventions. Putin also recently admitted that the Russian forces camped on the Ukrainian border are not merely there for military exercises, as originally claimed.

In response, the Pentagon announced that the United States ground forces are being sent to Poland in order to reinforce NATO as it stood up against Russia and its army of 40,000 troops stationed outside of Ukraine. Some journalists have already claimed World War 3 may have unofficially already started, and earlier this week Ukraine's new government claimed Russian special forces had launched attacks in order to give Vladimir Putin an excuse to send in "peacekeeping troops" into the country. Ukraine has already announced they plan on continuing their assault on east Ukraine in order to take back the cities claimed by the pro-Russian separatist movement.

Russia is, of course, denying any involvement in arming separatists, staging attacks, or pushing for eastern Ukraine to hold a referendum vote like the one that allowed them to annex Crimea. Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said on Wednesday that if Russia's interests in Ukraine are attacked then they will send in their army:

"If we are attacked, we would certainly respond. If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law. Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation."
Mr. Lavrov also claimed "there is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show" because Ukraine's decision happened to follow a meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden, while the first military action last week occurred shortly after a visit from the director the CIA. President Obama is dismissive of such claims and also says, "Each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilize Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, there are going to be consequences." But so far these "consequences" only include economic sanctions and the possibility of sending the Ukrainian military aid in the form of supplies like socks.