In an article in Washington Post, Jarl Hjalmarson honorary chairman and former prime minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, describes the ongoing development and escalation of force in Eastern Ukraine. Over the last weeks, heavy Russian military buildup along the Ukrainian border has been condemned by the European Union and the United States. Bildt points out there is evidence of trains moving military tanks from Siberia over the Russian border to Ukraine and intelligence reports of large redistribution of personell in the Russian military forces.
After the Russian war in Eastern Ukraine which started after the illegal annexation of Crimea, European support for Ukrainian independence and sovereignty have been crucial. In the case of a Russian escalation of the conflict, Carl Bildt suggests that the West must take decisive action and face Russia with a united and robust diplomatic front.