While most countries in Europe spent the last few months focusing on the coronavirus, Russia kept up their foreign policy. On April 28th and 29th NATO forces intercepted Russian aircrafts attempting to enter allied airspace three different times. Russian mercenaries and contractors have also continued to bomb Ukrainian troops and villages in the Donbas region. Marcel Van Herpen, director of the Cicero Foundation, has stated that the coronavirus pandemic has allowed Russia more wiggle room when it comes to meddling in Eastern Europe. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has reported several thousand cease-fire violations by Russia in Ukraine this past week.