Archive for March 23, 2014

UKRAINE: Pulse of Ukraine – Headlines & Newslinks – Sunday 3.23.14

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:: VIDEO: Romney critical of Obama “naivete” and “bad judgment” over Ukraine, Russia and Crimea; video, links, article – SCW 3.25.14 :: NATO: ‘Sizable’ Russian Force At Ukraine Border – AFP/Defense News 3.23.14 :: Russia ‘may be preparing to invade Ukraine.’ White House says Russia may be poised to invade as Ukraine warns prospect of war continues to grow – Irish Times 3.23.14 :: Visa

VIDEO: Ukraine and the Economy – Ukraine Conflict: What Does it Mean For the U.S.?

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In this USA Today video, some of the potential economic repercussions of unfolding events in Ukraine are examined. Some relevant factors include Ukraine being a crossroads and energy hub between Russia and Europe, Ukraine’s status as a corn and wheat exporter, Ukrainian national debt, the ripple effects of sanctions between major global economies and the impact on oil and gasoline prices. Ukraine is an important

Ukrainians Stage Mass Unity Rally in Kyiv

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(VOA News – March 23, 2014 – voanews.com) Thousands of Ukrainians gathered on Sunday in Kyiv’s Independence Square calling for unity, a day after Russian forces seized the last major Ukrainian military base in Crimea. The rally participants gathered to hear pro-Ukraine speeches, display flags, and place flowers at the site of a makeshift memorial to anti-government protesters killed last month in clashes with security

NATO: Russian buildup threatens Ukraine’s neighbor

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USA Today reports on a Russian troop builder that a U.S. NATO commander says could be primed to threaten Ukrainian neighbor Moldova. Russian forces massed along Ukraine’s eastern border could threaten stability in a separatist region of neighboring Moldova, the American general who serves as NATO’s top military commander said Sunday. “The force that is at the Ukrainian border now to the east is very,

VIDEO: Romney critical of Obama “naivete” and “bad judgment” over Ukraine, Russia

Russian Naval Vessel at Crimean Base in Ukraine

Appearing on Sunday-morning chat show “Face the Nation,” former Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney raised concerns over failed leadership by President Barack Obama when addressing Russia and the turmoil in Ukraine. Said Romney: Well, there’s no question, but that … the President’s naivety with regards to … Russia and his faulty judgment about Russia’s intentions and objectives [have] led to a number of foreign

Saakashvili: Let Georgia be a lesson for what will happen to Ukraine

Russian Naval Vessel at Crimean Base in Ukraine

(Let Georgia be a lesson for what will happen to Ukraine; My country’s ordeal in 2008 suggests Crimea’s referendum is a trick for Russia to cement its territorial and military grip – Mikheil Saakashvili, former President of Georgia – The Guardian – March 15, 2014) Mikheil Saakashvili, former President of Georgia, writes in The Guardian about the crisis in Ukraine, in light of his experience

Why Russia calls a limited nuclear strike “de-escalation”

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(Why Russia calls a limited nuclear strike “de-escalation” – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – Nikolai N. Sokov – March 13, 2014) The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists features analysis of reported Russian policies envisioning “limited nuclear strikes” to deter or counteract conventional superiority by the West: In 1999 … Moscow watched with great concern as NATO waged a high-precision military campaign in Yugoslavia. The

Ukraine’s Increasing Polarization and the Western Challenge

Russian Naval Vessel at Crimean Base in Ukraine

(stratfor.com – Geopolitical Weekly – Eugene Chausovsky – March 11, 2014) Just days before the Ukrainian crisis broke out, I took an overnight train to Kiev from Sevastopol in Crimea. Three mechanics in their 30s on their way to jobs in Estonia shared my compartment. All ethnic Russians born and raised in Sevastopol, they have made the trip to the Baltic states for the past