Russian Accusations Against Ukraine As Prelude For Troop Movements Into Crimea

Ukraine Tanks in Crimea Amid Tensions With Russia
Ukrainian tanks and APCs move towards the de-facto border with Crimea near Kherson, southern Ukraine on Aug. 12, 2016. Ukraine put its troops on combat alert Thursday along the country's de-facto borders with Crimea and separatist rebels in the east amid an escalating war of words with Russia over Crimea. Aleksandr Shulman / Associated Press
Ukraine Tanks in Crimea Amid Tensions With Russia
Ukrainian tanks and APCs move towards the de-facto border with Crimea near Kherson, southern Ukraine on Aug. 12, 2016. Ukraine put its troops on combat alert Thursday along the country's de-facto borders with Crimea and separatist rebels in the east amid an escalating war of words with Russia over Crimea. Aleksandr Shulman / Associated Press

Russian Accusations Against Ukraine As Prelude For Troop Movements Into Crimea

Two years after invading and annexing the Crimea from Ukraine, Russia claims that it foiled a Ukrainian plot to attack the peninsula. Ukraine denies the plot and says Russia is making up the story to justify massive troop movements into the region.

While the Russian occupation of Crimea is only recognized by countries such as North Korea, Syria, and Cuba, Moscow vows to use its nuclear arsenal to maintain control. This comes only days after a surge in violence in Russian-backed separatist areas of Eastern Ukraine, raising concerns that Russia wants to occupy more of Ukraine.

Worldview speaks with Mykola Murskyj, project manager for Razom For Ukraine, a Ukrainian-American human rights advocacy group. He’s also a student-researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.