Russia is doubling down (tripling down?) in the Ukraine and it’s a sign that Putin is in it to win it.

There’s little doubt that yesterday’s assault on Novoazovsk originated from Russia. A Reuters reporter 3km inside Russia today reported on an armoured column and troops sitting on armoured personal carriers with dirty faces, injuries and a damaged truck. They said none of the troops or vehicles had military identification and the license plates were removed.

The rebel commander even said today that Russian soldiers are involved.

With the latest moves, Russia has further dropped the pretense that Ukranians originating from Ukraine and without Russia support are behind the rebellion. Now it’s time to see how much the US and Europe are willing to sacrifice (in terms of sanctions) in response.

Putin laughing at serious steps meme