Moscow's upgrade to its Black Sea Fleet – headquartered with Ukraine's blessing at Sevastopol – could make waves around the Black Sea, where NATO has a strong presence.
Ukraine exit polls show Viktor Yanukovich won Sunday's vote by a small margin. If the result survives fraud allegations, it would be a huge comeback for the pro-Russian candidate who was sent packing during the 2004 'Orange Revolution.'
In Sunday presidential elections, Ukraine appears poised to shift back toward Russia, just five years after the Orange Revolution. Polls show its pro-Western leader Viktor Yushchenko with only 3 percent support.
Russia made unexpected concessions to Ukraine, averting a winter gas stand-off. Some saw a second deal: Vladimir Putin supporting Yulia Tymoshenko to sideline her rival, pro-West President Viktor Yushchenko.
Not long ago, they were Orange Revolution allies. Now, Tymoshenko and Yushchenko despise each other.
Ukrainians are hurting as gas prices soar, unemployment rises, and currency value plummets.