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Why Kiev Is Losing Eastern Ukraine - Olga Radchenko, Globe and Mail

The attempt by Ukraine’s parliament in the first days after the fall of the Viktor Yanukovych government to repeal the power of regional governments to set Russian as an offi...

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Why Putin's Ukraine Adventure Is Doomed - David Francis, Fiscal Times

From Russian President Vladimir Putin’s perspective, the plan to annex parts of Ukraine probably goes something like this: take Crimea; ignite Russian nationalism in parts of...

China's Uncomfortable Ukraine Bind - Chivvis & Lin, Global Public Square

Russia has tried to parry U.S. threats of isolation by talking up the possibility of a closer Sino-Russian alliance. But while there is some concern that Chinese hardliners could s...

Ukraine's Military Must Tread Very Carefully - Christian Science Monitor

The start of operations against protesters in eastern Ukraine will be a test of the country's new commitment to democratic rights, such as peaceful assembly. Soldiers must now show...

Russia or Ukraine: Israel Struggles to Choose - David Landau, Haaretz

Ukrainians were among the most infamous Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust. Jews suffering then would have found it impossible to imagine that an independent and tough Jewish ...

Putin's Ukraine Plan: Chaos & More Chaos - David Marples, Moscow Times

Putin's strategy is not to invade the eastern regions, if possible, but to turn them into mini-states that are autonomous from Ukraine and linked to Russia more closely. Russia may...

The Cost of Putin's Adventurism - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Obama's strategy is to make Putin pay for his adventurism, long term. Unless the Russian leader moves quickly to de-escalate the crisis, the U.S. will push for measures that could ...

Playing Putin's Game - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

It’s time to start thinking strategically about how to deal with Vladimir Putin in a post-Crimea world....

Putting Chechen Lessons to Good Use in Ukraine - Kelly McParland, NP

The stand Mr. Putin now finds himself taking over the escalating crisis in Ukraine puts Moscow in the position it sought to annihilate in Chechnya. Pro-Russian militants in the ea...

Is Washington Giving Putin the Green Light? - David Frum, CNN

President Obama was very wrong in his speech in Brussels on March 26 to suggest that the United States had no national interest in Ukraine. What's at stake in Ukraine is the peace ...

What Does Vladimir Putin Want? - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

Subversion from within -- not attack from without -- has emerged as the Russian president’s favoured technique for controlling events in Ukraine....

West's Good Intentions Ending Badly in Ukraine - Richard Gwyn, The Star

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't blinked at U.S. and EU sanctions and Ukraine threatens to sink into the same morass as Syria....

The Folly Of American Isolationism, Revisited - America Economia

The International Monetary Fund could be crucial providing aid in Ukraine and elsewhere, but much is on hold as the U.S. Congress blocks much needed IMF reforms....

The West Needs to Push Back on Ukraine - Chicago Tribune

In its responses to Vladimir Putin's flagrant aggression against Ukraine, the Obama administration has been playing catch-up — and without much sense of urgency or resolve. S...

Has the West Enabled the World's Rogues? - Colin Robertson, Globe & Mail

It's a testing moment for the international order. How will we respond to Russian actions that Prime Minister Harper describes as "aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic"? Is ...

Putin Isn't President of Sim City - Tom Nichols, The Federalist

Are you deeply interested in what’s going on in the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine right now, but don’t know much about either Russia or Ukraine? Do you want to get ...

Kleptocrats' Loot Could Rebuild Ukraine - James & Lombardi, Bloomberg

The International Monetary Fund has pledged about $18 billion in loans to help stabilize Ukraine's beleaguered economy. That amount is a fraction of the $35 billion that Ukrainia...

Talking While Ukraine Teeters - Claudia Rosett, PJ Media

A State Department media note warned that the methods of the armed takeovers of government buildings in half a dozen cities in eastern Ukraine, apparently planned in advance, ...

Not Even War Can Unite the EU - Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Time

When it comes to assigning blame for the volatile situation in eastern Ukraine, European politicians are united: it is all Russia’s fault. That’s about where the unity ends, ...

Russia's Gun-Toting Tourists - Oleg Shynkarenko, The Daily Beast

The biggest threat to Ukraine at this moment is not coming so much from Russian tanks as from Russian “tourists,” some of whom, of course, are not tourists at all....

The Bear in the Woods - William Saletan, Slate

A month after seizing and annexing Crimea—and with thousands of troops still massed on its border with Ukraine—Russia says it’s being unfairly portrayed as a menace....

Kazakhstan Fears Ukraine's Fate - Ryskeldi Satke, The Diplomat

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea have alarmed the ranks of the marginalized opposition of Kazakhstan, along with local experts who see Moscow’s integrati...

Go Ahead, Vladimir, Make My Day - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

SO the latest news is that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has threatened to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev doesn’t pay its overdue bill, and, by the way, Ukraine’...

Putin's Power Play - Daily Telegraph

What is Vladimir Putin’s game? The recent unrest in eastern Ukraine has been presented by the Kremlin as an autonomous phenomenon, an upsurge of patriotic feeling among embattled...

Kiev Government to Deploy Troops in Ukraine's East - Peter Leonard, AP

Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen...

Ukraine: The Disappearing Country - The Economist

Russian flags and those of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic were flying at all the barricades and seized buildings. But what people want is unclear. Some say they want more aut...

The Chernobyl Factor - Bennett Ramberg, Project Syndicate

Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country’s reactors could beco...

Europe's Blindness and Blunders - Thomas Schmid, Die Welt

Originally published on Die Welt. BERLIN - It looked as if a great moment might be in the making: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Polish colleague Radoslaw ...

Imagining an Invasion on Putin's Doorstep - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

The challenge to the post-revolutionary administration in Kiev was clear: A failure to respond firmly to the militias would undermine the authority of the government, but confronti...

Ukrainians Aren't Pro-Russia or Fascists - James Meek, The Guardian

The truth about Ukraine's loyalties....

Merkel's Mettle Could Soften Putin - Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, FT

Life in the subjugated east has given her invaluable insights....

Europe's Comeback - Washington Post

The powers that be within the European Union — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr. Draghi — would be wise to grant Mr. Valls and Mr. Renzi the fiscal wiggle room they need....

America in Global Retreat? Nonsense - Michael Cohen, The Guardian

Naysayers allege that American influence is waning and cite Barack Obama's inaction on Syria and Ukraine as proof that its foreign policy has been reduced to watching the 'bad guys...

Xenophobic Chill Descends on Moscow - David Herszenhorn, New York Times

From the moment that Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea cast a new, bitter chill over relations with the West, a sinister jingoistic vibe has pervaded this unsettled capi...

Putin Can Take Ukraine Without an Invasion - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Andrei Illarionov, a Putin advisor turned critic, has been predicting the twists of the Ukraine crisis. Now he says Putin will be able to achieve his goals without firing a shot....

6 Russian Myths About Crimea - Michael Bohm, Moscow Times

The U.S. annexed Hawaii and Texas, so why can't Russia annex Crimea? Russia is living in the 19th century, pursuing its own manifest destiny....

A West Bank Solution for Crimea - David Warszawski, Gazeta Wyborcza

It did not end with Crimea, but then again, nobody thought it would. In the face of further Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, the European Union and the United States should ...

West's Blunders on Ukraine Go Unquestioned - Nikolas Gvosdev, WPR

Western politicians need to take a long, hard look in the mirror....

Ukraine Spirals into a Cyclone of Anarchy - Gulf News

Russia’s separatists want to undermine Kiev’s authority while nationalists seek more control....

Russia: Arsonist Posing as a Safety Inspector - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

Whatever does happen in Ukraine, nobody is pretending that any of what's going on is a grassroots or spontaneous expression of civic discontent. Acting Ukrainian President Oleksand...

NATO's Eastern Ukraine Propaganda War - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

To project strength, Nato requires a convincing enemy and a retreating Russia does not do the job....

Time for Germans to Stop Romanticizing Russia - Christian Neef, Spiegel

The view Germans have of Russia is skewed by romanticism and historical baggage. Without taking a sober look at Moscow, we will never find an adequate strategy for dealing with Vla...

Obama Splits with NATO on Ukraine - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans....

How 'Fascist' Is Ukraine's Svoboda Party? - James Kirchick, The Spectator

A populist party that locates its support in the western (predominantly Ukrainian-speaking) part of Ukraine, Svoboda traces its roots to a variety of extreme right movements and mi...

Global Norms Vs. National Interests - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has unified Western democracies, at least in their robust condemnation of the action. But farther afield, one sees a variety of responses that f...

Don't Blame NATO for Russian Aggression - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Kennan certainly looks prescient now, and the idea that NATO is reaping the fruits of needless post-Cold War expansionism is held by other very smart people, too (Kennan, sadly, di...

Behind Putin's Ukraine 'Unrest' Game - Mark Nuckols, New York Post

What is Vladimir Putin up to in fomenting phony “unrest” in eastern Ukraine? Don’t doubt for a minute that it is phony. None of the “uprisings” in Donetsk, Lugansk and K...

The Civilianization of War - Robert Haddick, The National Interest

On April 8, Ukrainian Interior Ministry troops recaptured a government administration building in the eastern city of Kharkiv from pro-Russian demonstrators. Over the previous we...

UN Hints Russia Rigged Crimea Vote - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

Last month, a staggering 96.77 percent* of Crimea's voters reportedly chose to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, sending what Moscow described as an unequivocal signal that the...

Why Putin Is Dictating Terms to Kerry - Simon Tisdall, CNN

Now Kerry faces his biggest challenge -- persuading, or forcing, another bad guy (namely Putin) to back off in Ukraine at a time when the Russian leader seems ever more convince...

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