Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Aug. 3, 2018, 9:02 AM GMT / Updated Aug. 3, 2018, 9:10 AM GMT By KHURVALETI, Georgia — As the barbed-wire fence edges closer, so does the prospect that Vasya might one day wake up on Russian-controlled soil. The craggy-faced cattle farmer finds himself on the front line of a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West. Ignoring Washington’s warnings, Moscow-backed troops have been moving a disputed border deeper into Georgia, a former Soviet republic that is now a staunch U.S. ally. Sometimes a few extra acres are swallowed up in the night. In other places, ditches are plowed, surveillance cameras installed and green signs erected reading: “Attention! State Border! Passage Forbidden!” Related World news Sweden has 65,000 bunkers. Here’s why it’s building even more. This constantly changing boundary has already divided communities and swallowed up homes in Georgia, a country of 3.7 million that hopes to one day join NATO. Many consider it nothing short of a silent, creeping occupation on the fringes of Europe supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “What should I do? If the Russians come… Read full this story
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