PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2014
I cannot exclude the possibility that Vladimir Putin is really afraid of NATO expansion into Ukraine and, unable to keep a pro-Russian president there, opted to destabilize the state in order to prevent NATO membership for Ukraine on that ground. Still, I think that the more important motivation appeared from domestic politics: Putin's main fear is "color revolution" or a...
Mark Kramer 07-24-2014
(CNN Opinion) -- The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last week, most likely after being struck with a missile fired by pro-Russian rebel forces, was followed this week by the rebels' shoot-down of two Su-25 attack aircraft deployed by the Ukrainian Air Force. These incidents reflect a typical pattern in insurgencies and counterinsurgency operati...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2014
(IBT) In the six days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by a missile over eastern Ukraine, amid intensifying suspicions of Russian involvement, the European Union has struggled to reconcile its desire to sanction Russia with its reliance on the country’s energy resources. But for Russia, dealing with U.S. and EU sanctions since earlier this year over the U...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2014
(Huffington Post) Responding to the renewed crisis in Ukraine, on Tuesday the European Union (EU) moved towards imposing economic sanctions on associates of Vladimir Putin, with foreign ministers agreeing to "concrete proposals" to create a list of the president’s "cronies" who would be subject to punitive measures. Following on from sanctions earlier imposed by Washington...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2014
(Eurasianet) As news trickled out of Taijkistan on July 22 that the government was releasing, albeit with some restrictions, international scholar Alexander Sodiqov after five weeks in jail, a group of scholars and activists gathered at New York University to discuss the long-term effects of his detention. The case, panelists cautioned, could signal on-going trouble for ac...
PONARS Eurasia 07-23-2014
(Bloomberg) Almost a week after the downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, U.S. officials still can’t say they’re certain who did it and whether Russia was involved. Three American intelligence officials who briefed reporters yesterday said U.S. technical intelligence and overhead satellite images bolster the case that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory hel...
PONARS Eurasia 07-22-2014
(The New York Times) Russia’s quasiwar in eastern Ukraine is in no small measure a product of long-felt anti-Western tensions within Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin that are rapidly spiraling out of control. With the downing of the Malaysian airliner over territory controlled by pro-Russian insurgents, the rift between Russia and Ukraine has become an international conflict. Citi...
Pavel K. Baev 07-22-2014
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) Thursday’s (July 17) missile hit on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 that killed 298 people and left a field of scattered remains in the Donetsk region, some 50 kilometers away from the border with Russia, has become a tragedy that could change the course of the conflict in Ukraine. International resonance from this man-made disaster has been massive...

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