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US sending troops to Ukraine sending Putin unmistakable message
UKRAINE -- The United States is sending Russian President Vladimir Putin a new and unmistakable message in the form of U.S. Troops.
The Pentagon is sending about 600 U.S. Army paratroopers right to Russia's backyard to participate in military exercises in Poland and outlying countries.
The military drills -- prompted by the tense situation in Ukraine - are aimed at reassuring NATO allies of America's commitment to the region's defense in light of Russia's aggression.
Tension rising as American forces arrived in Poland today.
The first wave of 600 troops that will start exercises in eastern Europe to calm jittery NATO allies, nervous about Russia.
This as Moscow today said it is ready to militarily defend its territory.
"If attacked, we will respond."
Russia's foreign minister also accused Washington of being the real force behind Ukraine's anti-terrorist operation to quash pro-Russian unrest in eastern Ukraine.
"There is no reason not to believe that the americans are not running the show."
The operation was relaunched on tuesday soon after Vice President Joe Biden visited Kiev, the strongest show of American support to date.
No nation should stoke instability in its neighbor's country.
"We call on Russia to stop supporting men hiding behind masks, in unmarked uniforms, showing unrest in eastern Ukraine..."
As the crisis deepens, word that American journalist Simon Ostrovsky is being held by pro-Russian forces in the occupied town of Sloviansk...
They accuse him of provocative reporting, of working against them.
Ostrovsky, who works for Vice News, has done some of the most daring reporting in Ukraine over the past several months.
The State Department on Wednesday called on Russia to use its influence to get Ostrovsky and others released.