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Russia to 'Intensify' Military Exercises Near Ukraine Border

The Russian military is conducting exercises in several regions of the country near the border with Ukraine, as a state-run polling agency reports that President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has hit a new high. The most notable thing about Thursday's news items from Russia is how they are connected.   In the morning, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on its website that it planned to "intensify" combat training exercises in the Rostov, Belgorod, Kursk and Tambov...

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