The Ukraine may be bracing for a full-scale invasion by Russia, but a coming war may be both more subtle and more dangerous than most people believe. Since Vladimir Putin took control of Crimea, militia forces have seized city council and local government offices around the Ukraine. These soldiers of fortune have no insignia and do not acknowledge an allegiance to either Moscow or Kiev. The interim government in the Ukrainian capital announced it has secured support from the United States to eliminate the militants. Volodymyr Rybak, a local politician, was recently found dead, showing signs of physical torture. This incident has caused the Ukrainian government to resume what it describes as an "anti-terrorist" operation in the eastern half of their country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed suspicions about the timing of the announcement.