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US military: More Russian flights near CA, Asia due to conflict in Ukraine

A Russian armored vehicle on the road between Simferopol and Sevastopol in Crimea earlier this month. Russia annexed the region two weeks ago. Other Russian forces, across the border from Ukraine, may be pull back in coming days.

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A Russian armored vehicle on the road between Simferopol and Sevastopol in Crimea earlier this month. Russia annexed the region two weeks ago. Other Russian forces, across the border from Ukraine, may be pull back in coming days.

While we’ve been hearing about the escalating tension in the Ukraine, it turns out the fallout could have effects far beyond Europe -- even to the coast of California. 

The US military says they’ve seen “a significant” rise in Russian activity in the Asia Pacific region. That includes flights over California and Guam. And they’re attributing it to conflict over Ukraine.

But could it all be part of the increased saber-rattling between the two world powers?  

To help put it in context, we’re joined by Olga Oliker, a policy expert in Russia and the Caucuses at RAND Corporation.  


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