In Ucraina la tregua di Minsk non regge. L'epicentro degli scontri è Donetsk, dove i filorussi+russi bombardano l'aeroporto per prenderne il controllo.
Ma le notizie degli scontri e dei morti sono solo il corollario di uno scenario globale in movimento. Come riportato dal New York Times del 13/6 : "... In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine have caused alarm and prompted new military planning in NATO capitals."
Da parte di Putin la mossa americana è ampiamente scontata, e per certi versi auspicata, perché rinfocola la propaganda di regime con l'armamentario da guerra fredda dei bei tempi del KGB. Secondo un sondaggio recente del Pew Research Center, più dei due terzi dei cittadini russi rimpiange il periodo sovietico, e quasi altrettanti pensano che i paesi limitrofi dell'ex impero appartengono alla Russia.
Russians are nostalgic for the era of the Soviet Union. Nearly seven-in-ten Russians (69%) say the breakup of the Soviet Union was a bad thing for Russia. Just 17% say it was a good thing. Older Russians, those ages 50 and older, are much more likely to say that the breakup of the USSR was a bad thing (85%). Only 44% of young Russians say the same, though around a quarter (27%) have no opinion, probably owing to the fact that 18- to 29-year-olds were children or not even born when the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s. Additionally, about six-in-ten Russians (61%) agree with the statement that “there are parts of neighboring countries that really belong to us.”