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Russian President Vladimir Putin / Photo: Imaginary Museum Projects, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

Russia, Ukraine fail to reach gas deal, Putin prickly

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 – Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a deal on payment of Ukraine’s unpaid gas bills, leading Russia’s gas giant Gazprom to cut gas supplies to Ukraine today. Gas continues to flow to Western Europe, and Ukraine has sufficient supplies to last until December. Ukraine is one of the most energy

Risks to Russia of alienating the West over Ukraine

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – The dangerous situation in Ukraine poses challenges and dangers to the West, and the United States and EU have been hard pressed to find a serious and credible response. Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemed to a number of western observers to be in commanding control of the situation, with

Stocks yesterday felt a lot like this former squirrel. (Via Wikipedia)

Monday’s stock market roadkill: Can the bulls recover today?

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 – Our desiccated, flattened, very much former squirrel pictured above is about what the stock market felt like Monday evening. With few exceptions, pretty much the entire market of stocks—particularly the techs—felt like a veritable stampede of now-pancaked fauna whose carcasses were scattered about Wall Street as if they’d suddenly encountered

President Obama and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk of Ukraine /, used under government work license

Ukraine waits as EU, US do nothing

Ukraine represents the last of President Obama’s foreign policy credibility. He drew a line in the sand in Syria, it was crossed, and the most he did was send weapons to terrorists. He warned Vladimir Putin not to invade Crimea, and he did, and now the US is doing nothing to prevent further Russian advances.

Ukraine does not seem to realize who they are up against

Ukraine Defense Minister resigns, Ukraine disarms citizens: Kiev has a choice

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 —  Kiev either does not understand the gravity of the situation they are in or they are unable to cope with or address it. Yesterday, CNN ran a report detailing the internal turmoil currently surging through the new government in the Ukrainian capital, while also detailing how woefully unprepared they seem