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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been unable to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone amid escalating tension near the country’s shared border with Ukraine.Mr. Shoigu announced Thursday that Russia planned to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border. The military move, he said, is in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland and the death of at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine.SEE ALSO: Obama presses European allies to ramp up economic pressure on RussiaArmy Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Friday that Mr. Hagel has been trying to communicate with Russian officials but has yet to hear back from Mr. Shoigu or anyone else. Pentagon officials have reached out to Russia on Mr. Hagel’s behalf within the past 24 hours, according to Col. Warren.
The Russians already have their minds set. They are ready to go into the Ukraine.They are just testing the waters how will NATO and Obama's reaction to the provocations.Invading from the north, east, and southeast, the Russians could likely overwhelm the Ukrainian military in a classic pincer movement. I predicted this.http://m.nationalreview.com/article/373392/putin-opens-second-front-ukraine-tom-roganhttp://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index.php/topic,135599.msg553773.html#msg553773