Of all the things Kiev could have done to try to defuse its conflicts with its eastern rebels and their Russian backers, this was definitely, um, a thing that they did anyway: Ukraine’s parliament has voted to drop the country’s non-aligned status and work towards Nato membership. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the move… Continue reading Ukraine and NATO, sitting in a tree…
I’m not officially back to this blogging business until tomorrow, but the news that America has agreed to allow Russia to annex Ukraine in return for Russian cooperation over the Iran nuclear talks is too big to ignore: It goes like this. Vladimir Putin’s Russia makes nice over an Iran nuclear deal. It is helpful… Continue reading Quid pro d’oh
We’re back on the “Vladimir Putin is an all-knowing, all-powerful demon-king” beat, I guess. That’s the best takeaway from this piece at The New Republic yesterday: Putin Just Got Exactly What He Wanted in Eastern Ukraine Let’s…maybe take a step back here. If you were Vladimir Putin, when the big ball dropped in Times Square… Continue reading Supergenius Vladimir Putin gets everything he wanted in Ukraine, except the things he wanted
How about when nobody has actually ceased firing? Shelling has killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said, the worst reported violence since a ceasefire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops began on September 5. Fighting around the eastern city’s government-held airport has left its northern… Continue reading When is a ceasefire not a ceasefire?
There was great news earlier today when Petro Poroshenko’s office declared that he and Vladimir Putin had cut a deal to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Finally, an end to the fighting and a chance for everybody, from Moscow to Washington, to cool off a bit. Really great news. Except, well, Putin was never… Continue reading The Ukrainian ceasefire that wasn’t, but might be soon, I guess
Thoughts on the August 26-27 Russian escalation in Ukraine
My latest at LobeLog looks at the fringe theory that Ukraine, not Russia or pro-Russia separatists, shot down MH17. Journalist Robert Parry has been pushing this theory since the incident, and it won’t go away despite a lack of evidence (Parry’s reporting relies entirely on anonymous sources), in no small part because the US government… Continue reading The case of MH17 remains needlessly (?) curious