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Borderlands: The View Beyond Ukraine

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(Stratfor.com - George Friedman - June 10, 2014)  Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in George Friedman’s recent series written during his journey from the Baltics, through Central and Eastern Europe and then east to Turkey and Azerbaijan. I traveled between Poland and Azerbaijan during a rare period when the forces that shape Europe appear to be in flux, and most of the countries I visited are

NEWSLINK: Russian gas keeps flowing to Ukraine as deadline passes

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[“Russian gas keeps flowing to Ukraine as deadline passes” - Reuters - June 10, 2014] Reuters reports that Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and the EU have remained stable, despite the passing of a deadline over disputed Ukrainian gas bills.  Meanwhile, the European Commission continues to broker related negotiations. Natural gas supplies to Ukraine and the European Union were stable on Tuesday after a Russian deadline passed for

NEWSLINK: In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy

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[“In Europe, Obama gets second chance to explain his Russia policy” – Reuters 6.1.14] Reuters covers President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe, including a visit to Poland for their celebration of Freedom Day, a G7 meeting in Brussels and a D-Day commemoration in France. Of particular interest is whether Obama can offer a more robust response to Russian aggression against Ukraine and whether his

NEWSLINK: Dozens die in Odessa, rebels down Ukraine helicopters

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[“Dozens die in Odessa, rebels down Ukraine helicopters” – Reuters – 5.2.14] Reuters covers violent unrest in Ukraine, including military action against rebels in eastern Ukraine, the later shooting down military helicopters. In addition, unrest unfolded in Odessa [which is not in eastern Ukraine, yet is closer to Moldova, a country which some commentators might be on Russia's list of lands to destabilize or divide].  Deaths occurred

NEWSLINK: Vladimir Putin’s long—and very dangerous—game

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[“Vladimir Putin’s long—and very dangerous—game” – American Enterprise Institute – Leon Aron 5.1.14] AEI examines the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for manufacturing crises there to bolster himself politically at home, in the face of Russian economic shortcomings. It is suggested that Western sanctions focus not just on deterring Russia from further interference in Ukraine, but be directed against negative developments

NEWSLINK: Ukraine forces in ‘full military readiness’ in case of Russia invasion

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[“Ukraine forces in ‘full military readiness’ in case of Russia invasion” – Chicago Tribune 4.30.14] The Chicago Tribune reports on ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, sustained by pro-Russian activists described by the U.S. Embassy as terrorists. Ukraine promises that it is on full military alert against the prospect of a Russian invasion: As pro-Russian separatists continued to make gains in their revolt against the government of

NEWSLINK: Ukraine Reinstates Conscription as Security Deteriorates in Eastern Region

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[“Ukraine Reinstates Conscription as Security Deteriorates in Eastern Region” – VOA 5.1.14] VOA reports that Ukraine is restarting a military draft to bolster security capacities in the face of growing unrest in Ukraine’s east, beset by pro-Russian militants: Ukraine’s acting President Olexander Turchynov has reinstated military conscription to deal with deteriorating security in the east of the country. * * * Donetsk, a city of about

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