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Yanukovych Stirring Up Crimea?

It is all speculation of course, it can’t be Russia or former Ukrainian government forces right? Ukraine has strict gun control policies and one must have cause in order to obtain a license, so if it is not Russian authorities and it is not former Ukrainian government troops with automatic weapons, fatigues, and communication equipment who is it?

Russia eyes Crimea, Ukraine’s fate uncertain

The down and dirty of it is that the United States has lost an incredible amount of credibility from the Syrian debacle, and the Ukrainian situation does not seem to be our deliverance either.

Is civil war coming to Ukraine?

Fighting along clearly divided geographical lines with equal or somewhat equal international support could lead to a stalemate in any combat that would arise.

As Ukraine looks to its future, Tymoshenko is the past

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2014 – Oleksandr Turchynov, deputy leader of Batkivshchyna (All-Ukrainian Union Fatherland), the largest opposition party in Ukraine’s parliament, has been named as interim president of Ukraine. He replaces ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, who fled Kyiv on Friday. Ukraine’s parliament removed Yanukovich from office on Saturday, and a warrant has since been issued ...

Disaster in Sochi? Enjoy the Olympics

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2014 – The world press has descended on Sochi, and the first dispatches are grim. Forget human rights and the environment; the hotel tap water is either missing or undrinkable. Doorknobs come off in your hand. Some hotels don’t have lobbies or floors, there’s no internet service, and you aren’t supposed to ...

Ukraine smolders as Yanukovych fights for power, protester buried

Photo: Political rally in Lviv, Ukraine / James Picht By James Picht WASHINGTON, January 26, 2014 – Mikhail Zhiznevsky, one of three protesters killed near Ukraine’s parliament building in Kyiv on Wednesday, was laid to rest today. His coffin was carried from St. Michael’s cathedral through the streets of Kyiv, while thousands of protesters sang ...

The Russian adoption ban and Putin’s petty, brutal politics

The adoption ban is called the “Dima Yakovlev” law for a Russian toddler whose adoptive American father, Miles Harrison, left him in a car, where he died of heatstroke. That death was only an excuse; the Russian law was passed in response to America’s Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.