Tagged Crimean Peninsula

This Is a Very Old Piece . . .

But it is worth remembering that Stephen Cohen, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and the Nation have utterly disgraced themselves in covering the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Attention Katrina vanden Heuvel

Here is some genuine fascism and anti-Semitism for you to be upset about: Remember when Vladimir Putin said the provisional government in Kiev was brought to power by “nationalists, neo-Nazis, Russophobes and anti-Semites”? Remember how RT, or Russia Today, the Kremlin’s English-language propaganda outlet, actively advanced the fiction—and it is a fiction—that anti-Semitism is now running rampant in post-Yanukovych Ukraine? The stories about Odessa Jews being evacuated, of Ukrainian synagogues being attacked, the stories on the anti-Semitic statements of Ukrainian nationalists involved in the Maidan movement? Well, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has demanded that Russia Today publicly apologize for a video that aired on its channel,…

Today in Bad Russia-Ukraine News

Let’s go through the depressing details: “Novorossiya” is quite the ominous term. As pointed out by Walter Russell Mead and company, what Vladimir Putin tells a Russian audience is significantly more important than some vague agreement that supposedly is designed to reduce tensions, but in fact is actually designed to allow diplomats to say that they have worked to reduce tensions, without, you know, actually reducing tensions. Allegedly, there is a move to have Ukrainian Jews register their names and property holdings with pro-Russian militants, and pay a registration fee to boot. The State Department is convinced that the leaflets announcing the…

Tensions Rise in Ukraine

In the event that you have forgotten, things remain really bad between Ukraine and Russia. And they are getting worse: Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to deal with what it called an “act of aggression by Russia“. Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk and set up barricades on the outskirts of the city. Official buildings in several neighboring towns were also attacked. The developments have increased concerns of a possible “gas war” that could disrupt energy supplies across the continent. “The Ukrainian authorities consider the events…

The Nation’s False and Dishonest Crimea Narrative

For those who believe that the recent annexation of Crimea by Russia might actually unite Americans of all ideological stripes in opposition to the thuggishness of the Putin regime, I give you this piece by editors of the Nation. It shows that even now, in the immediate aftermath of the annexation, while historical memories are still fresh, there are those who are willing to rewrite current events in order to advance a narrative filled with desperate attempts to explain away unjustified Russian bellicosity. And of course, it ought to surprise no one that the editors are willing to put forth false attempts at establishing…

Today in Depressing News Regarding Ukraine

Here it is: Russia may not be done conquering. In a strange way, I almost hope that the Russians try to launch an offensive to reach Transnistria, as I cannot imagine a more blatant example of overreach that might serve to further isolate Russia in the international community, and as such overreach may prove to be exceedingly costly to the Russians–provided, of course, that the Ukrainians are able to mount a stiff and effective military resistance to any new Russian offensive. The Ukrainians, for their part, are on their guard. Note that the Russian puppet in Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, is urging Russians throughout…

In Ukraine, Tensions Remain High

I haven’t been blogging for the past two days because I have been laid low by The Worst Cold In The History Of Ever. Any hopes that in the time that it took me to recover, the Ukraine crisis could be resolved, seem to have gone out the window. Ukraine remains worried that Russia may launch an invasion of eastern Ukraine. The Obama administration shares those concerns. So, that’s hardly comforting. Demonstrations have begun, agitating for secession on the part of eastern Ukraine. I’d be very much surprised if these demonstrations were anything more than astroturf operations that the Russians have…

When It Comes to Punishing Russia, Our Options Are Limited

I know that economic sanctions are everyone’s favorite way to punish Russia, and I allow for the possibility that over time, sanctions may well take a significant bite out of the Russian economy. But at best, sanctions are an imperfect and crude tool with which to coerce any nation-state, and when it comes to coercing Russia, the economic interests of European countries may prevent sanctions from being effective: To President Vladimir Putin, Russian billionaires are a vital constituency in a state built on cronyism and kleptocracy. To London’s luxury property dealers and high-flying bankers, the oligarchs play a different but…

Your Absolutely Non-Shocking News of the Day

Behold: Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, election officials in the breakaway peninsula said, with the extraordinarily high figures capping a one-sided campaign of intimidation and heavy-handed tactics that blocked most voters from hearing a vision for any alternative other than unification with Moscow. In related–and equally non-shocking–news, not all “votes” constitute genuine expressions of the popular will.

Quote of the Day

I’m a citizen of Ukraine. I don’t want to be a citizen of another country, or of Russia. It’s well known what it’s like to live in Russia. There’s absolutely no civil society whatsoever. You can’t say what you want. People can’t gather for demonstrations unless it’s good for the government. —Andrei Voloshin. You won’t be surprised to find out that the situation between Ukraine and Russia is getting worse.