3198565806Large contingents of Russian troops reportedly massed at the crossing between the Crimean peninsula and eastern Ukraine Monday, in preparation for a possible attack. The Russian army already has approval from its parliament to operate in Ukraine, and the Russian media have been reporting for days about Ukrainian “provocations” and assaults on Russian civilians that necessitate a Russian response Preparations for the invasion come against the backdrop of numerous confrontations inside Crimea between Russian soldiers – operating in the guise of the “Crimean Self-Defense Forces” – and Ukrainian soldiers stationed in the peninsula who have remained loyal to the government in Kiev. MORE