Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine are preparing for something bigBREAKING NEWS – The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of building up air defense systems inside eastern Ukraine and of involvement in training exercises of pro-Russian rebels in breach of a European-brokered truce. “This is the highest amount of Russian air defense equipment in eastern Ukraine since August,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. She said the increasingly complex nature of the training exercises “leaves no doubt that Russia is involved.” “The training has also incorporated Russian UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles), an unmistakable sign of Russian presence,” Harf added. Fighting has picked up in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks despite the ceasefire agreed upon in February, with each side accusing the other of violence. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he believed a surge in ceasefire violations had, however, passed. FULL REPORT