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By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

After a long begrudging reluctance to even consider thinking about the possibility of new warfare with Russia, Western states have slowly taken some placating military steps to prepare for more aggression, but a worst case scenario is still within the realm of possibilities.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, two schools, homes and shops Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 29 people, authorities said. Ukraine’s top rebel leader said an offensive had begun on the strategically important port.

Ukraine’s president called an emergency meeting of his military officials and cut short a trip to Saudi Arabia to rush back to coordinate the government’s response.

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

“All for one, one for all.” – NATO’s message to allies.

This message comes after NATO has scrambled jets over 400 times in response to Russian incursions this year alone—a 50 percent increase from last year. NATO is learning something from these aerial maneuvers and observing their tactics–even avoiding near collisions.