: Daily Signal: Kyiv, Washington agree - Russian threat isn't going away

13:49 Apr. 11, 2016

Daily Signal: Kyiv, Washington agree - Russian threat isn't going away

A pro-Russia rebel guards a checkpoint close to the central railway station on July 21, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine (Getty Images)

International monitors report a slight increase in ceasefire violations around the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine

The Ukraine war is going into its third year, and leaders in Washington and Kyiv are bracing for the possibility that Russian military brinkmanship may be the new status quo in Eastern Europe.

In Ukraine, some worry the time soon may be ripe for an uptick in the Russian-backed war in the eastern part of the nation.

Read also OSCE patrol comes under fire as Russian-backed separatist forces attempt to intimidate mission

Warm summer weather and the end of the "mud season"— as waterlogged ground from melting snow and spring rains dries—is historically the time for military offensives in the region, dating from Napoleon's march to Moscow and Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union.

But modern concerns about a summer offensive have more to do with geopolitics than the weather. Full story 

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