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Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.

The Georgian Invasion of Ukraine

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Lincoln Mitchell

In one of the stranger developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Ukrainian President Petro Poroschenko recently appointed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili as the governor of the Odessa region.

An Old War, a New War - The Upcoming Challenge to Ukraine's Ceasefire

Lev Golinkin | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Lev Golinkin

Thus far, the only stipulations which have been at least partially implemented are the ceasefire, a large-caliber arms withdrawal and a prisoner exchange. These steps are crucial, and the deescalation of violence has certainly led to a decrease in carnage.

The Minsk Agreement Can Only Work If Power Is Balanced Between Russia and the West

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

MOSCOW -- At the root of all this monstrous and bloody story is the fact that the West lied to Moscow 25 years ago when it said it would not expand NATO even one inch to the east if the Soviet Union agreed to the unification of Germany. The West really did take full advantage of its opportunity to violate the balance of power in the world and must now busy itself with overcoming the negative consequences.

The Crisis In Ukraine That No One Is Talking About

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

As fighting between the army and pro-Russian separatist rebels in Ukraine continues unabated, Ukraine's government in Kiev is also facing a dire fin...

A New, Senseless Cold War Is Now Inevitable

Vasily Kashin | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Vasily Kashin

The first Cold War was the result of the total opposition of two systems. This likely second Cold War, meanwhile, is simply the result of conflicting U.S. and Russian interests. It is a conflict that has spiraled out of control due to serious political mistakes, arrogance and lack of foresight on both sides. How long will this second Cold War last, and how will it end? There is a widespread belief among Chinese experts that the Ukrainian crisis has given China a 10-year "strategic break" in its clash with the U.S. This view is likely close to the truth.

Only These Three Steps Will Enable NATO to Stand Up to Putin

Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.) | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)

This dangerous 21st century will be safer if the West is strong together. A strong West means a strong and legitimate NATO built on strong and credible armed forces. Wales is the place and the time to act. It is also the place and the time for NATO to be radical. NATO needs to rediscover a shared level of ambition that has been notably lacking of late, something which Moscow has been all too happy to exploit.

Top Russian General Lays Bare Putin's Plan for Ukraine

Robert Coalson | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Robert Coalson

General Valery Gerasimov writes about how "a perfectly thriving state can, in a matter of months and even days, be transformed into an arena of fierce armed conflict, become a victim of foreign intervention, and sink into a web of chaos, humanitarian catastrophe, and civil war." This is achieved, Gerasimov writes, by "the broad use of political, economic, informational, humanitarian, and other non-military measures applied in coordination with the protest potential of the population." The goal is "to create a permanently operating front through the entire territory of the enemy state."

Putin Compares Kiev To Nazis, Boasts Nuclear Power

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

* Russia proposes "corridor" for encircled Kiev troops * "Best not to mess with us," says defiant Putin * EU ministers d...

Russo-Ukrainian War Now a Reality

Alexander Motyl | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Alexander Motyl

Now is the time for the West -- whether NATO, the United States, or individual European states --to provide or sell the high-tech weaponry Ukraine needs to defend itself effectively. The argument against such a move -- that it would provoke a Russian escalation--is no longer valid, now that Russia has escalated. A well-armed Ukraine could stop Putin from embarking on any of these more alarming scenarios.

Why Russia Wants the Federalization of Ukraine

Alexander Motyl | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Alexander Motyl

The long-term solution everyone's been talking about -- including Merkel and her Foreign Minister, Walter Steinmeier --is "federalization." For Russia, long a champion of federalization in the Donbas (and long a foe of federalization at home), federalization means near-independence. Presumably after having been briefed by Ukrainian officials about why the term is unacceptable, Merkel emphasized that what she really meant was "decentralization."

NATO Sees 'High Probability' Of Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2014 | World

BRUSSELS/DONETSK, Aug 11 (Reuters) - NATO said on Monday there was a "high probability" that Russia could launch an invasion of Ukraine, where the g...

Jason Linkins

Stay Calm Or Go Crazy: Everyone's Got Some Free Advice On The Ukraine Crisis | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Vladimir Putin's recent incursion into the Crimean peninsula may be bad news for anyone who likes things like "democratic norms," but it's been a heyd...

Ukrainian Navy Commander Released

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

KIEV, March 20 (Reuters) - Ukrainian navy commander Serhiy Haiduk and several other hostages detained by Crimean authorities on Wednesday have been ...

Putin Approves Treaty To Make Crimea Part Of Russia

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2014 | World

MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has approved a draft treaty to make Crimea part of Russia, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, confir...

Russian Warship Unloads Troops, Trucks In Ukrainian Territory

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2014 | World

(Adds Ukrainian official on other troop movements, background) SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, March 14 (Reuters) - A Russian warship unloaded tr...

Putin Hopes Russia Won't Have To Use Force In Ukraine

Posted 03.04.2014 | World

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine, but hopes Russia won't have to use fo...

Black Sea Standoff

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2014 | World

By Andrew Osborn SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, March 3 (Reuters) - The new head of Ukraine's navy has been in the job for less than a day, but,...

LOOK: Amid Crimea Crisis, Putin Goes To Watch War Games

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2014 | World

By Alexei Anishchuk KIRILLOVSKY TRAINING GROUND, Russia, March 3 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Monday watched Russian tanks ...

Russia Makes Aggressive Move Against Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2014 | World

KIEV, March 3 (Reuters) - Russian fighter jets twice violated Ukraine's air space over the Black Sea during the night, Interfax news agency quoted the...