RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#37 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 25 February 2015

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JRL 2015-#37 :: Wednesday 25 February 2015
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1. Washington Post: Mikheil Saakashvili, Ukraine is today’s West Berlin.
2. The Siberian Times: Global warming could happen quicker in Russia’s coldest region. Renowned scientist says temperatures could ‘rise four times faster’ in Yakutia than rest of the world.
3. Interfax: Kyiv must supply energy to Donetsk, Luhansk under Minsk accords – Putin.
4. Reuters: Ukraine truce appears to take hold; currency trading banned.
5. Interfax: Ukrainian army reports decline in ceasefire violations by militia.
6. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Ministers propose to bolster OSCE mission in Ukraine at Paris meeting. At a meeting in Paris on Feb. 24 the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France proposed extending the OSCE’s mandate in eastern Ukraine and strengthen its mission to monitor the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements.
7. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, With Ukraine cease-fire at stake, eyes turn to Mariupol. Kiev claims the Ukrainian port is next on the list of targets for Russia-backed rebels, who argue they have no plans to attack the city. Mariupol’s fate could determine whether the country’s tenuous cease-fire holds.
8. New York Times: Monitors of Ukraine Conflict Seek Help.
9. Carnegie Moscow Center: A Year After Maidan: Why Did Viktor Yanukovych Flee After Signing the Agreement With the Opposition? ( ALEXANDER BAUNOV, BALÁZS JARÁBIK, and ALEXANDER GOLUBOV)
12. Washington Post editorial: An ‘invitation’ for Mr. Putin in eastern Ukraine.
13. Sputnik: Ukraine’s Army Recruiting Efforts are Failing: Here are Some of the Reasons.
14. Russia Direct: For Ukraine, Minsk II is just as flawed as Minsk I. Until words match deeds, there is little hope that a lasting peace will result in Eastern Ukraine. The crisis in Ukraine may have stabilized over the past week, but for how long?
15. Carnegie Corporation of New York, Perspectives on Peace & Security: John Steinbruner, Is There a Plausible Strategy for the Ukraine Situation?
16. Walter C. Uhler, Seeking the Truth about Ukraine. (re Richard Sakwa’s Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands.)
17. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Ukraine’s Tarnished Poster Child for Reform. (Igor Bilous)
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: For some Russians, peaceful demonstrations are answer to Ukraine conflict. Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine there have been many demonstrations in support of civilians and calling for an end to military activity. RBTH reports on the most memorable peaceful demonstrations that have taken place in Russia lately.
19. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Bring Back the Old Putin!
20. Patrick Buchanan, Putin Is Better Than Brezhnev.
21. Kyiv Post: English-language translation of Russian ‘road map’ for annexing eastern Ukraine.
22. Yezhednevnyy Zhurnal : Pundit on key “crimes” of Russia’s political regime, causes of Ukraine conflict. (Georgiy Satarov)
23. The Vineyard of the Saker: Ukraine SITREP Feb 24th 2015.
24. Moon of Alabama: U.S. Pushes For Escalation, Arms Kiev By Laundering Weapons Through Abu Dhabi.
25. TASS: Ukraine: Arms dealing in a truly presidential style.
26. TASS: Does Russia’s government need a center to control reform?
27. The Economist: Battling over history. Poland proposes alternative ceremonies to avoid a 70th anniversary celebrating Russian militarism.
28. Foreign Affairs: Foreign Affairs Focus: Stephen Kotkin on Putin’s Rise. Princeton University Professor Stephen Kotkin discusses his recent article, “The Resistible Rise of Vladimir Putin,” with Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose.
29. The National Interest: Jack F. Matlock Jr., The House That Stalin Built. Stephen Kotkin’s meticulous biography of Joseph Stalin dispenses with the myth that he was an intellectual dullard, showing that he was quite shrewd as well as forceful.

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