The same day President Obama gave an odd press conference where he claimed he wanted Russia to respect the Ukrainian Constitution as well as the unconstitutional government in power in Kiev, a US guided-missile destroyer headed for the Black Sea. The destroyer complements fighter jets already being deployed to Poland and the Baltic States. The attempts at military intimidation comes as US officials negotiate to try and get the US/EU backed Ukrainian government recognized by Russia and others.

The Navy announced Thursday it was sending a guided-missile destroyer to the Black Sea amid the crisis in Ukraine. The move comes a day after the Pentagon decided to send six additional F-15s to Poland, to reassure NATO allies after Russian forces moved into the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

The Navy said in a statement that the deployment was “routine” and planned before the crisis unfolded. “While in the Black Sea, the ship will conduct a port visit and routine, previously planned exercises with allies and partners in the region,” the statement said.

The unelected government, led by “Interim Prime Minister” Arseniy Yatsenyuk, is calling plans for a referendum in Crimea illegitimate and stated that “Crimea was, is and will be an integral part of Ukraine.” Whether that ends up being true is an open question.

Yatsenuk is featured  in a recording of a phone call between U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. In the call Nuland says she wants Yatsenyuk in power and recommends Pyatt try block other politicians from entering any government that might rival “Yats.” Yatsenyuk, it seems, was the US choice to run things. Not so neutral after all.

So while the US has gained Kiev and subsequently much of the rest of the country, whether or not the US will ultimately accept Crimea splitting is an open question. It may be the price to pay for keeping the rest of Ukraine.