RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#200 table of contents with links :: Sunday 21 September 2014

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JRL 2014-#200 :: Sunday 21 September 2014

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DJ: This is a rushed issue of JRL prepared on in alien computer in an alien land. Not the best but perhaps better than nothing.

1. ‘They’ll ridicule us’: Ukraine defense minister ‘claims’ Russia used nukes.
2. Huge blast devastates munitions factory in Ukraine’s rebel-held Donetsk (VIDEO)
3. RIA Novosti: Parties at Minsk Talks Agree on Memorandum Regulating Ukrainian Ceasefire Implementation.
4. Financial Times: Withdrawal of foreign fighters to bolster Ukraine truce.
5. Reuters: Hundreds of Russian Volunteers Help Rebels in Ukraine – Separatist Leader.
6. Reuters: Anatole Kaletsky, Why this Ukraine ceasefire will stick.
7. Foreign Policy: Keith Johnson, Hammered by the West, Putin Turns East.Russia and China are close to another mammoth natural gas deal that could reshape the world’s energy map.
8. Russia Direct: Trenin: Russia-West rivalry over Ukraine is higher priority than security.
9. Russia Direct: Why Russia and the West continue to view the world very differently.In the latest release of the Transatlantic Trends survey, Russia’s complex relationship with the West figured prominently as one of the key trends impacting future transatlantic security.
10. Alec Luhn, Trading With Terrorists, Ukraine-Style. He doesn’t work for the government. He doesn’t wear a uniform. Meet the mysterious deal broker who’s freeing Ukraine’s prisoners of war. (Vladimir Ruban)
11. Wall Street Journal: Russia’s Putin Slams Sanctions as Breach of WTO Rules. Russian Ministers Call for State to Have Bigger Role in Supporting Economy.
13. ITAR-TASS: Crimea: six months within Russia.
14. Russia Direct: Ivan Kapitonov, Why the Kremlin is not very concerned with energy sanctions.The new energy sanctions imposed by the West could force Russia to turn to other partners or technologies to compensate for the lost potential of Arctic and shale prospecting projects.
15. The National Interest: Raymond Sontag, Mr. Poroshenko Goes to Washington. “Washington would be wise to remember the pitfalls of giving unconditional backing to foreign leaders such as Poroshenko.”
16. Moscow Times: Josh Cohen, Don’t Let Ukraine Into NATO.
17. White House: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Sept. 18.
18. Kyiv Post: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Sept. 18.
19. Washington Post editorial: Provide Ukraine with the military aid it needs to deter Russia’s aggression.
20. RIA Novosti: Dmitry Babich, As Poroshenko Gets Standing Ovations in Western Capitals, Ukraine Disintegrates.
21. The Economist: Win some, lose more. For all the celebrations in Kiev over ratifying the trade deal with Europe, it is the Russians who got most of what they wanted.
22. Euromaidan Press: Lilia Shevtsova: Putin “is looking for new ways to strangle Ukraine.”
23. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: If Putin Isn’t Stopped in Ukraine, He Will Move against Baltic Countries, Piontkovsky Says.
24. Israel Shamir, The Ceasefire in Ukraine and Its Reasons. Guns of August II.
25. Eric Zuesse, Russia’s Leader Putin Rejects Ukrainian Separatists’ Aim to Become Part of Russia.

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion