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NEWSLINK: Ukraine Reinstates Conscription as Security Deteriorates in Eastern Region

Column in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

[“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

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.

Russia Today’s Disinformation Campaign

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

(State Department – DipNote - Richard Stengel – April 29, 2014) Moscow is subjecting Ukrainians, Russians and the rest of the world to an intense campaign of disinformation that tries to paint a dangerous and false picture of Ukraine’s legitimate government. Russia Today, the Moscow-based TV network financed by the government, is a key player in this campaign of distortion. Along with its Russian operation, RT operates

Stratfor: The U.S. Opts for Ineffective Sanctions on Russia

Portion of U.S. Treasury Department Facade, North Side, with Sculpture of Alexander Hamilton

( – George Friedman – April 29, 2014) The United States announced new sanctions on seven Russian government officials April 28. A long-used tactic, sanctions can yield unpredictable effects or have no effect at all, depending upon how they are crafted. It is commonly assumed that sanctions are applied when a target country’s actions are deemed unacceptable. The sanctioning nation presumably chooses sanctions to avoid war

NEWSLINK: Gazprom Charges Ukraine $11.4b Before EU Gas Talks


(Gazprom Charges Ukraine $11.4b Before EU Gas Talks – Bloomberg – – 4.24.14) Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom is attempting to charge Ukraine billions of dollars for not purchasing more gas from Russia, just as Ukraine seeks to negotiate with European partners for gas supplies from other sources: OAO Gazprom (OGZD), Russia’s state gas exporter, presented Ukraine with an additional $11.4 billion bill for fuel

U.S. Airborne Lands in Eastern Europe as Ukraine Tensions Rise

Poland Map

(VOA News - April 23, 2014 4:50 AM) U.S. Army paratroopers landed Wednesday in Poland, at the start of military maneuvers aimed at easing anxieties in allied eastern European countries alarmed at Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. The Pentagon said the exercises, slated to last about a month, initially involve about 600 troops, including 150 members of an airborne combat team based in Italy. Additional