RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#168 contents with links :: Monday 4 August 2014

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JRL 2014-#168 :: Monday 4 August 2014

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1. Boston Globe letter: Robert Legvold, Heavy on demonization, light on analysis.
2. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Ogonyok: Olga Allyonova, The war in Ukraine: This is no time for proving your point. Wherever people take up arms, fairness ends. It is useless to argue who is right and who is wrong. The borders of war will continue expanding as long as both sides justify human death. Olga Allyonova argues that we are losing our moral perspective on the conflict in Ukraine.
3. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, WWI Lessons For Today.
4. Wall Street Journal: Conflict in East Ukraine Claims Civilian Lives in Rebel-Held Cities. Warfare Spreading into Rebel-Controlled Cities Risks Alienating Residents.
5. Reuters: Ukrainian city stocks up as a long siege looms.
6. RIA Novosti: Ukrainian Defense Minister Says Army Close to Victory Over Militia in Eastern Regions.
7. Washington Post: Ukrainian military urges Donetsk residents to evacuate, clearing way for advance.
8. ITAR-TASS: Ukrainians fighting each other: Kiev orders the impossible – Lavrov.
9. Wall Street Journal: Trying Times in a Ukrainian Town Called Happiness. Residents of Town Near Rebel-Held Luhansk ‘Just Want Old Life Back’
10. Poroshenko blasts MPs as ‘fifth column’ after E. Ukraine ‘terrorist’ bill fails.
11. RFE/RL: Ukraine Struggles To Find Strategy For Getting Back Crimea.
12. The Nation: Lewis Siegelbaum, Does Donetsk Have a Future in the New Ukraine? Can a region betrayed once by the USSR and again by Ukraine find stability in autonomy?
13. ITAR-TASS: Russian experts doubt Kiev’s commitment to peaceful settlement of crisis.
14. ITAR-TASS: No settlement if Donetsk, Luhansk deemed separatists – Lavrov.
15. Reuters: Obama Dismisses Russia as Nation That ‘Doesn’t Make Anything’
16. Barack Obama talks to The Economist. (excerpt)
17. Mark Adomanis, 3 Things Barack Obama Got Wrong About Russia.
18. Reuters: Obama: Putin handling of Ukraine crisis hurts Russia’s interests.
19. The White House: Press Conference by the President. (excerpt)
20. The National Interest: Samuel Charap, Why Obama’s Coercion Strategy in Ukraine Will Fail. Instead of talking about Putin, they will have to start talking to him in order to avoid even greater catastrophe and suffering in Ukraine.
21. Yevgeniy Pozhidayev, The War and the Weapons Imbalance in Novorossiya – Is the End Nigh?
22. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Fyodor Lukyanov, Vladimir Putin faces dilemma over Ukraine of empire or nation-state.
23. AFP: Putin left with few palatable options to resolve Ukraine crisis. Full-on collusion might lead to further isolation, stronger NATO.
24. Moscow Times: Andrei Tsygankov, Ukraine Must Prepare to Rebuild Itself.
25. Russia Direct: Elena Zinovyeva, The tragedy of MH17 as seen through social media. In the absence of concrete facts, the downing of the Malaysian Boeing 777 has been surrounded by speculative theories, fake news items and obvious untruths, all of them spread through the Internet via social media platforms.
26. Robert Parry, Flight 17 Shoot-Down Scenario Shifts.
27. The Independent on Sunday (UK): Tony Benton, The West cannot keep poking the Russian bear. It feels wounded and on the defensive, but you’d never know it from the way our politicians are behaving.
28. The National Interest: Doug Bandow, America Cannot Save Ukraine: Why MH17 Changes Nothing.
29. The International New York Times: Igor Ivanov and Malcolm Rifkin, The Risk of a New Cold War.
30. Reuters: Putin ally Timchenko says business will not turn on him over sanctions.
31. Reuters: FACTBOX-The effect of Russia sanctions on European businesses.
32. RIA Novosti: Russian Scientists Hope Western Sanctions Will Not Impede Space Projects.
33. Moscow Times: Sanctions on Technology Imports Leave Russia Playing Catch Up.
34. Moscow Times: Erik Jones, EU Sanctions Against Russia Are a Double-Edged Sword.
35. Interfax-Ukraine: Vitali Klitschko vows to return hot water to residential buildings this September.
36. Reuters: Putin’s new sales tax shows pain of Russia’s policy dilemmas.
37. Moscow Times: Vladimir Frolov, Putin Needs Kudrin’s Help in Ukraine Crisis.
38. Moscow Times: How Nationalism Came to Dominate Russia’s Political Mainstream.
39. Interfax: Twelve percent of Russians want to leave Russia but only 4 percent consider it doable – poll
40. The World Today (UK): James Sherr, Ukraine’s fightback has surprised the Kremlin. But the Kyiv government still has a mountain to climb.
41. Steve Shabad: Debate over Putin quote on the Soviet collapse.
42. Serge Markov: “Krupneyshaya katastrofa” translation.
43. Harley Balzer: language, again.
44. Hannes Adomeit: AW: 2014-#166-Johnson’s Russia List. (Adomeit’s first note)
45. Hannes Adomeit: The collapse of the Soviet Union: What was it — the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century or simply a major disaster? (Adomeit’s second note)
46. Mark Adomanis, The US Should Not Try To Pick Winners And Losers In Russia’s Political System.
47. The New Yorker: David Remnick, Letter from Moscow. Watching the Eclipse. Ambassador Michael McFaul was there when the promise of democracy came to Russia-and when it began to fade.

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