Putin presents a profound threat to peace in Europe as 'drumbeat of war' sounds on Russia-Ukraine border

(CNN) Europe has a long and bloody history of wars, of borders brutally contested, of nations and empires carving destructive furrows far from home.
But a sad harvest of sorrow and loss after the Second World War was followed by decades of relative peace and prosperity, even during a Cold War that did not become hot.
Today that peace is being severely tested by Russian President Vladimir Putin as he masses troops on Ukraine's border and diplomats are raising the alarm in stark terms.
The US ambassador to the 57 nation, globe straddling Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe, Michael Carpenter, warned on Thursday that European security is facing a "crisis" and " the drumbeat of war is sounding loud ."
Having already invaded Crimea in 2014, fears Russian troops will again cross the border have never been higher.
Two days later, after NATO talks in Brussels, another deputy foreign minister, Alexander Grushko, threatened force if they don't get what they want.
Russia's OSCE ambassador, Alexander Lukashevich, warned of "a moment of truth" with "catastrophic consequences" if Russia's "principles are violated."
By Russian design or the stuttering effects of stalling diplomacy, the talks are seeding spiraling consequences.
Borrell promised counter measures to the cyberattack, "We are going to mobilize all our resources to help Ukraine to tackle this cyberattack.
On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invited Biden and Putin to hold three-way talks to discuss the security situation, according to Ukrainian state media outlet Ukrinform.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also indicated the US is waiting on the Russian President.
Denmark's Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod branded Putin's actions "totally unacceptable," saying he is "trying to take us back to the coldest, darkest days of the Cold War."
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