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Five Reasons Why It’s Time to #RecognizeСrimea

... willing and ready to recognize Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea — since that would be “basing policy on reality.” But that’s not the United States’ policy. Instead, the United States’ policy is to repeat the fictive and banal notion that “Crimea is Ukraine” in the face of all the realities that suggest otherwise. This position might be politically tenable, but it’s not intellectually or objectively reasonable. It is a position that is impuissant to scrutiny. For example, if Crimea is Ukraine,...


The Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Its implications for Ukrainian Identity and Russia

... fact that in those areas of Ukraine, atheism or religious indifference are higher and the number of believers per parish is much lower.[5] Those following the UOC(MP) are more pro-Russian, and tend to be located in the eastern Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine, as well as Crimea. Despite the multitude of organizations (parishes) owned by the UOC(MP), in a 1997 opinion poll, only 23.9% of people claiming allegiance to a church supported the UOC(MP), while 43% were supporters of the UOC(KP).[6] This two-sided game, with ...


Containing the Kerch Crisis

... conflict that might engulf Europe. An analysis of the developments off the coast of Crimea leads to the following conclusion. The Ukrainian vessels, en route from Odessa in the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, sailed through the waters that Ukraine regards as its own, and Moscow, since 2014, sees as belonging to Russia, alongside Crimea. The Ukrainian Navy also either failed to file a request with the Russians for passing through the Kerch Strait or filed it late, and did not wait for the Russians to respond. Thus, Kiev was making a statement: Russia’s annexation of Crimea is ...


The Kerch Strait Gambit

A Kiev-provoked Ukraine/Russia naval clash near the Kerch Strait, Crimea, threatens to derail the Argentina G20 Summit and to worsen US-Russia bilateral relations First, a little essential geography. The Kerch Strait, joining the Black Sea and the smaller Sea of Azov, is a narrow shallow passage, less than 24 NM wide ...


Will Putin Take Advantage of Conflict With Kim to “Liberate” Belorussia?

... learned some of the Little Green Men are among Russian elite forces assembled at the Russian-Belorussian borders. Ominously, Latvia has noticed campaigns on Russian social media and television that are bringing examples of history, as they did with the Crimea and eastern Ukraine, to question the separate existence Latvia, but also Lithuania from Russia. They are also claiming the country is denying full citizenship rights to ethnic Russians, a large minority of which are particularly in Latvia but also Estonia. According ...


Breaking the U.S.-Russia Impasse: Keeping the Door Open to Dialogue

... agreement… (And end) its occupation” of Crimea. Crimea Ivan Timofeev: Russia–US Relations: Unstoppable Escalation? As the above State Department statement indicates, the U.S., NATO and Kiev have demanded that Moscow end its “occupation” and return Crimea to Ukraine. This position appears to represent a major barrier to any possible U.S.-EU-Russian reconciliation and serves to militarize all sides. As it appears very unlikely that Moscow will return Crimea back to Ukraine, is it possible to imagine any feasible ...


The (First) Russo-American Cyberwar: How Obama Lost & Putin Won, Ensuring a Trump Victory

... an “unrelenting assault” that quickly became the most intense campaign to date in the war and involved systematic targeting of hospitals (today, Russia and Assad are, with impunity, threatening whole parts of Aleppo with mass slaughter); Ukraine also saw Russian escalation. Kerry’s talks failed because the Russians were never serious about them, much like previous negotiations on both Syria and Ukraine had repeatedly failed. After some two weeks of these Russian war crimes, the ...


EXCLUSIVE: Top Trump Aides’ Deeper & Linked Roles in Putin Agenda Revealed; Russian Mafia Nexus With Trump & Aides Goes Back Years

New threads in the Team Trump/Team Putin tangled web show Manafort and Page linked to each other as part of a Russian plot to control Ukraine and also show a mutual Russian mafia godfather linking them with each other and Trump, providing even deeper and more fertile ground on which to question Trump’s pro-Russia, Pro-Putin positions and their origins. Author's note: this ...


Trump, Putin, Russia, DNC/Clinton Hack, & WikiLeaks: “There's Something Going on” with Election 2016 & It's Cyberwarfare & Maybe Worse: UPDATED 8/15

... Yanukovych fleeing the country with Russian help and a new, more pro-Western government being formed. In response, Yanukovych, in exile in Russia and facing charges in Ukraine, requested Putin intervene militarily in Ukraine. Russia soon invaded, annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region and directly and indirectly assisting separatist rebels in eastern parts of Ukraine, where a state of civil war still exists today. None of the above lines up with Manafort’s terse explanations and contentions that he was working ...


NATO Black Sea Flotilla. A reef in the Turkish Straits

... ground-based defense systems (including but not restricted to Bastion anti-ship coastal battery and S-400 anti-air system) deployed in Crimea have critically enhanced Russia’s anti-access, area denial (A2/AD) capabilities in the Black Sea basin, forming the ... ... European reassurance initiative (ERI) to the Black Sea maritime theater. By the same token, this project of flotilla would suit Ukraine’s and Georgia’s aspirations to join the Alliance by offering them a new space for a concrete cooperation in ...


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