Crimea

  • Are Russian Troops Preparing to Seize All of Southern Ukraine?

    As Kyiv Asks Citizens to Donate to the Army, its Military Weakness May Encourage Moscow

    Russia has massed an invasion-ready force on Ukraine’s eastern border and NATO’s top commander, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, said Sunday that the deployment may be aimed at annexing a part of Moldova, to Ukraine’s west. To do so, it would have to invade and cross perhaps a quarter of Ukraine's territory.

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  • NATO Commander Warns of Russian Threat to Separatist Moldova Region

    U.S. and Ukrainian officials warned Sunday that Russia may be poised to expand its territorial conquest into eastern Ukraine and beyond, with a senior NATO official saying that Moscow might even order its troops to cross Ukraine to reach Moldova.
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  • Hitting Russia’s Economy: What Obama and EU Must Do Wednesday in Brussels

    President Obama and his European Union colleagues will gather Wednesday in the most important meeting so far for Western governments as they decide how to respond to Russia’s egregious, illegal seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. US and European sanctions so far have targeted individuals among Moscow’s elite, rather than the broader Russian economy. At the US-EU summit, leaders should realize that, tragically, even such measures are unlikely to undo Russia’s annexation of Crimea. New steps must be aimed at deterring further Russian aggression -- notably in eastern Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – and, in the long haul, at changing Russian behavior.

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  • Karatnycky: Putin "Only Respects Power"

    Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist Trudy Rubin quotes Transatlantic Relations Program Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky on how to change Vladimir Putin's calculus in Europe's East:

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  • How the Crimea Crisis Will Breed Nuclear Bombs

    Ukraine’s dismemberment by Russia dangerously weakens global security by inadvertently encouraging Iran, North Korea and other governments to stay determined in their efforts or dreams of building nuclear weapons. In any nuclear disarmament negotiation now, international assurances of protection for a de-nuclearizing state will ring hollow when measured against those given to Ukraine two decades ago. Ukraine gave up what then was the world’s third-largest nuclear arsenal, inherited from the collapsed Soviet Union, in return for a solemn guarantee of its borders and security by the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia.

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  • Putin Interprets the West's Gradualism as a Sign of Weakness

    Maybe President Obama is catching on to Vladimir Putin. The Russian President keeps ignoring Mr. Obama's pleas to stop carving up Ukraine, and at last on Thursday the U.S. President responded by imposing some sanctions worth the name.
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  • Senators McCain, Durbin Push Congress to Sanction Russia

    US Senate leaders John McCain [R-AZ] and Dick Durbin [D-IL] urged Congress to pass quickly – within a week – strong economic sanctions against Russia for its armed seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. In a conference call hosted by the Atlantic Council with journalists and council members, Durbin and McCain, both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke after visiting Kyiv last week. They underscored that their parties, so consistently at loggerheads on other issues, should join to immediately approve sanctions, which stalled in the Senate this month over Republican objections to an associated plan to expand lending by the International Monetary Fund.
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  • Ukraine’s Foreign Minister: The World Must Reject Russia’s ‘Anschluss’ in Crimea

    So, the unthinkable happened: Within a couple of weeks, Vladimir Putin pulled off his blitzkrieg. Russia's "anschluss" of Crimea heralds a new international reality.
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  • Pavel: Obama's "Incremental" Approach

    McClatchy news quotes VP and Brent Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel on President Obama's approach to global affairs:

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  • New US Sanctions on Russia Remain Too Little

    The new US sanctions against Russia announced today by President Obama over Moscow’s seizure of Crimea continue a limited response – a tough signal, but insufficient alone to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from further aggression against Ukraine. The new steps freeze US assets and transactions for twenty more Putin allies, and for a bank of Russia's top elite. But Putin has deep motivations to extend Russian control into Ukraine, and well beyond Crimea. His essentially uncontested success so far sharpens the need for Ukraine, the United States, and Europe urgently to respond with broader, more concrete steps.

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