This file photo taken on May 12, 2016 shows Russia's Roman Roslovtsev wearing a rubber mask depicting President Vladimir Putin poses for a picture in central Moscow, with the Kremlin towers and St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background. Russian Roman Roslovtsev who was repeatedly arrested for donning masks of President Vladimir Putin in anti-Kremlin pickets has crossed into Ukraine and is seeking political asylum.
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Ukraine marks a quarter century of independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, and Vladimir Putin’s idea of a birthday gift is to mass troops on its border. This could be a gambit to force a new round of diplomatic concessions from the West – or the prelude to another war.