USA Today quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Director John E. Herbst on Russia’s failure to implement the ceasefire in Ukraine and Putin’s military assistance for the Assad regime in Syria:

John Herbst, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said there’s no sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun to implement the terms of the cease-fire. “There’s been no movement of Russian equipment or soldiers out of Ukraine, so he could raise the temperature back up very quickly,” Herbst said.


Herbst cited reports from Ukrainian officials that Russia is recruiting fighters in eastern Ukraine to deploy to Syria, where Russia says it has sent armored vehicles and aircraft to support Syrian President Bashar Assad in a civil war against Islamic State militants and other rebel groups.

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