Steven Lee Myers and Alison Smale of the New York Times are reporting:
Russia’s Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday, even as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned the Kremlin to abandon the politics of the 19th and 20th centuries or face diplomatic and economic retaliation from a united Europe ...
In Moscow, the military acknowledged significant operations involving armored and airborne troops in the Belgorod, Kursk and Rostov regions abutting eastern Ukraine, where many ethnic Russians have protested against the new interim government in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, and appealed to Moscow for protection.
The Russians, evidently, are happy to practice 19th century statecraft with 20th century hardware and disregard lectures from Germany about the boorishness of such behavior. Notice the number of tanks indicated in this chart (h/t Zero Hedge). The Russians like tanks. Always have.
Meanwhile, the U.S. is working on plans to decommission more than 300 A-10 Warthogs, a plane designed to kill tanks. Too 20th century, no doubt.