RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#90 contents with links :: Sunday 20 April 2014
Johnson’s Russia List :: 2014-#90 :: 20 April 2014
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1. Reuters: David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed, Special Report – How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse.
2. The Observer (UK): Dmitri Trenin, As Ukraine stares into the abyss, where is Europe’s leadership? With Russia and the US scheming over Ukraine’s future, EU nations can only dither, mired in their fractured past.
3. www.rt.com: ‘Easter truce’ broken: Five deaths in overnight checkpoint raid in E. Ukraine.
4. Bloomberg: Ukraine Says Russia Preparing Grounds for Invasion.
5. ITAR-TASS: Right Sector badge found among personal belongings of attacker killed in Slavyansk.
6. UNIAN (Kyiv): Ultranationalists detain alleged Russian agents in eastern Ukraine.
7. Kyiv Post: In embattled Slovyansk, residents recall more prosperous times.
8. Reuters: Putin welcomes new NATO head, says better ties with West possible.
9. Kremlin.ru: Interview to Vesti v Subbotu programme.
10. New York Times: In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin.
11. Reuters: Surrender talks set with separatists in Ukraine as standoff lasts into Easter.
12. The Independent on Sunday (UK): The new people’s republic of east Ukraine. In the power vacuum, a new government starts to form.
13. New York Times: Pro-Russian Forces Work on Consolidating Power.
14. Time.com: Donetsk Greets The Ukraine Crisis With a Shrug.
15. www.thedailybeast.com: Ukraine’s Billionaire Bounty-Hunting Club. An oligarch opposed to Russia offers rewards for the capture of commandos occupying government buildings. He’s serious. But his countrymen are laughing until they cry.
16. Moskovskiy Komsomolets: Igor Karmazin and Yekaterina Petukhova, What First in Ukraine: Referendum or Elections?
17. Izvestia: ‘Ten Times More Was Spent on the Coup in Ukraine Than on Georgia.’ Maksim Grigoryev, Director of the Foundation for Research Into Problems of Democracy, on the Techniques Behind the Coup d’Etat in Ukraine.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Moscow satisfied with China’s position on the Ukrainian crisis.
19. http://reconsideringrussia.org: Pietro Shakarian, Who Are the Rusyns?
20. Russia Beyond the Headlines: An-70 aircraft is latest casualty of Russia-Ukraine fallout. The Russian-Ukrainian military transport aircraft has completed state testing, but series production is impossible in the current political climate.
21. The Independent on Sunday (UK): Patrick Cockburn, We cannot still ignore the perils of intervention. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and now Ukraine. Catastrophe follows where US and EU meddle.
22. NBCNews.com Meet the Press: Interview with Ukraine Prime Minister ARSENIY YATSENYUK.
23. Wall Street Journal editorial: Putin’s Westward March. Revisionist powers are rising as Obama and Europe fail to respond.
24. Wall Street Journal: Charles Fairbanks, An Independent Ukraine Hangs Between Life and Death. The Geneva agreement on Thursday was a diplomatic masterpiece-for Putin.
25. Washington Post: Ukraine’s military asks for help, and the people pitch in.
26. Los Angeles Times: Doyle McManus, What Putin wants, and how he plans to get it. The Russian president is a product of the 20th century KGB. He knows that subversion is much cheaper than invasion.
27. Washington Post: U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says.
28. Washington Post: Lally Weymouth, Talking with Poland’s foreign minister about the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s next moves.
29. The New Yorker: David Remnick, Putin and the Exile (Sergei Guriev).
30. RFE/RL: Interview: ‘The Maidan Represents Love.’ (interview with Russian photographer Viktoria Ivlev)