Why is Russia suddenly dispatching these heavy-duty toys to its proxies? Well, radar systems and T-72s might be needed to fortify current positions or prepare for a forthcoming blitzkrieg into Ukrainian-held territory.From the BBC yesterday:
Hopefully we won't be spending Christmas looking fondly back at mid-November, when our biggest worry was a spot of looting in Ferguson. I'll take a smallish riot over World War III any day of the week and twice on Sunday.Ukraine will hold a referendum on joining Nato once it has met certain criteria for membership, President Petro Poroshenko has said.
At a joint news conference with Lithuania's president, Mr Poroshenko said he had "worked out the criteria", but gave no further details.
Last week, a Kremlin official called for "a 100% guarantee" that Ukraine would not think about joining Nato.