by Sabra Ayres, al Jazeera
DONETSK, Ukraine — The masked separatist fighter standing outside the morgue of Kalinina hospital was visibly agitated as he clutched his automatic rifle and recalled how 30 of his colleagues died earlier on Tuesday morning after hours of battling the Ukrainian military.
“They were the wounded being taken off the battlefield when the fascists fired down on their truck,” said the man, who refused to give his name or take off the ski mask hiding his face. His claims could not be independently verified.
Mike Whitney, OpEdNews
“Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, and he eats without listening to anyone.” ~~ Russian President Vladimir Putin, referring to the United States Continue reading
Noam Chomsky, Truthout
The current Ukraine crisis is serious and threatening, so much so that some commentators even compare it to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Continue reading
It was a pound-the-shoe moment reminiscent of an era many thought long past. A Russian television anchor with close ties to the Kremlin recently excoriated the American response to Moscow’s moves in Ukraine.
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John F. Harris, POLITICO
President Barack Obama arrives Tuesday in the capital of Europe, a city of frameworks and furrowed brows, of multilateral dialogue and expressions of grave concern, where the locals speak French.
John Aravosis, AMERICA blog
In today’s “they’re back” news, Russia was kicked out of the G8 today, while Russian President Vladimir Putin has been trying to rehabilitate the image of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Stalin killed, by conservative estimates, four to ten million Russians during his tenure (some estimates go as high as 60 million killed)First the G8, I mean G7
Look no further than the week’s headlines. The Russian strongman—often photographed as such, shirtless in the Russian wilderness—shrugged off the threat of sanctions and diplomatic isolation when he annexed Crimea, a region of Ukraine, this week.
Anne Applebaum, Slate
There have been high moments: Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin, locked in a bear hug; George W. Bush looking into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and seeing “a sense of his soul”; Hillary Clinton pressing the “reset button.” There have been some very low moments, too. But for more than 20 years of Russian independence, a single narrative about Russia in the West has nevertheless prevailed.
John Aravosis, AMERICA blog
Russian President Vladimir Putin just upped the ante significantly today by issuing what I’d consider a veiled threat against NATO-member Estonia.
Garry Kasparov, POLITICO MAGAZINE
It’s been a busy few weeks for Vladimir Putin. In the last month, the Russian president has hosted the Olympic Games, invaded a neighboring country and massed troops along its border. Back in Moscow, the Kremlin has cranked up the volume of hysterical anti-Western propaganda to a roar while cracking down on the last vestiges of the free media.