Archive for May 1, 2014

NEWSLINK: Putin’s Promises To Eastern Ukraine Could Bankrupt Russia

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

[“Putin’s Promises To Eastern Ukraine Could Bankrupt Russia” – Forbes - Paul Roderick Gregory – 5.1.14] Forbes covers Russia’s lack of economic diversity and dependence upon fossil fuels for economic wealth.  Commentator Paul Roderick Gregory predicts that Russia would not be able to bear up under the “costs of empire” aggravated by Russian hegemony in Ukraine. As the moniker Petrostate implies, the Russian economy and state have an

NEWSLINK: Moscow May Day parade lauds Putin as rebels seize more Ukraine buildings

Map of Ukraine with Ukrainian Flag

[“Moscow May Day parade lauds Putin as rebels seize more Ukraine buildings” – Reuters 5.1.14] Reuters covers pro-Putin demonstrators staging a May Day rally in Moscow, even as pro-Russian militants engage in further unrest and rebellious activities in eastern Ukraine.  Russia already has seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, declaring that it has annexed occupied Crimea into the Russian Federation. Russia staged a huge May

NEWSLINK: Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russians seize Donetsk prosecutor’s office

Commonwealth of Independent States, European States, adapted from CIA image through Library of Congress

[“Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russians seize Donetsk prosecutor’s office” – BBC 5.1.14] The BBC covers unrest in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have continued seizing government building, with a moderate amount of violence: Hundreds of pro-Russian militants have seized the regional prosecutor’s office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The attackers threw rocks at police before storming the building and raising the flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.