The Biden administration is reportedly poised to send Navy ships into the Black Sea in a show of force supporting Ukraine amid a buildup of Russian troops along that country’s border and Moscow’s further militarization of the Crimean Peninsula.
In recent weeks, skirmishes in the restive Donestk region of eastern Ukraine led to the death of four Ukrainian soldiers at the hands of Russian-backed separatists. The violence is the first since a July 2020 peace agreement was signed in Minsk. Following the unrest, Russia began massing troops along the border and into Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014. Claiming it is conducting military exercises, the United States may just do the same.