Over the last few weeks, Russian military forces have been massing on the border of Ukraine. This has prompted widespread concern that Russia may once again seek to invade Ukraine.
Back in 2014, Russian forces mounted a military campaign resulting in the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and de-facto control of the Donbas region of Ukraine. There has been no meaningful ceasefire, nor a diplomatic resolution to this crisis — and now the conflict seems poised for escalation.
On the line with me to discuss this unfolding situation is John Herbst, Senior Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and Former US Ambassador to Ukraine.
We kick off with a discussion about what this military buildup may signal – or not – about Vladimir Putin’s intensions for Ukraine before having a discussion about what diplomatic and military options exist to deter Russian aggression.