World powers have called a succession of emergency meetings to step up the international response to Russia after Kiev accused Moscow of a de facto invasion and of opening up a second front in the conflict in eastern Europe. The UN security council was meeting in emergency session, the US national security council convened at the White House, and Nato and EU leaders will consider their response on Friday, amid signs that hundreds of Russian soldiers are actively involved in the insurrection against Kiev's rule in Ukraine. Russia denies that any of its troops are in eastern Ukraine. But on Thursday Nato said it estimated there were now more than 1,000 Russian soldiers fighting there. The organisation released satellite images that it said showed Russian armoured vehicles and artillery had been crossing into Ukraine for at least a week. Full story >>
The cartoon by Adams from the Daily Telegraph shows Russian President Vladimir Putin driving a tank through a gap between two rocks. The right-hand rock bears the 12 stars from the EU flag, the left-hand one the compass rose emblem from the flag of NATO.
The cartoon is visual representation of an English idiom. If you are (caught) between a rock and a hard place, you have to make a difficult decision between two things that are equally unpleasant. • I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. If I go with Isobel, it'll be much more expensive and if I go with Julie, Isobel probably won't speak to me again. See The Phrase Finder for the origin of this expression. The cartoonist uses the expression ironically (as the question mark makes clear), since Putin is not really between a rock and a hard place , but literally driving a tank (or rather lots of tanks) through the divisions between the EU and NATO.