Turkish Foreign Ministry: Ankara To Do Everything Possible For Crimea To Remain In Ukraine
Turkey will do everything possible for the Crimea to remain part of Ukraine, according to the Head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Ahmet Davutoglu. "Turkey will make every effort to secure Crimea’s future within Ukraine’s territorial integrity," he wrote on Twitter.
Russia Is Tightening Its Grip On Crimea
A little more than a week after the Ukrainian Parliament ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and Putin's Winter Olympics in Sochi came to an end, Russian troops are now in control over Crimea, a chunk of Ukraine a bit larger than Vermont. Russian troops are consolidating their hold on the region, and Ukraine's still-shaky interim government is trying to organize a coherent response.
Here’s What’s Really Happening In Ukraine, According To Russian Bloggers
Events in Ukraine are changing quickly. After a bloody Thursday that featured some of the worst internecine fighting in recent memory, the past week brought one challenge after another for the fledgling interim government in Kiev. Yanukovych, now a wanted criminal, fled the capital for Russia, continuing to cling to his presidency, as former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was freed after 2 1/2 years in prison.
An Old-School Invasion
It seems like one reason why Russia’s actions in Crimea appear so jarring and brazen is that it’s a form of warfare that was once common but rarely take place anymore. Russia may not formally annex Crimea – it seems more likely that the territory will declare independence under heavy Russian influence – but it has essentially invaded another country to lob off a piece of territory that was, despite longstanding nationalist sentiment, an undisputed part of Ukraine.
Putin’s Big Mistake: The Real Stakes Of Intervening In Ukraine
My previous article on what Russia was likely to do in Ukraine described the costs of a Russian attempt at territorial aggrandizement. The title and subtitle were picked by the editors; my read on the situation did not give me certainty that Russia wouldn’t invade Crimea, and indeed I argued that an invasion was likely if there was violence against ethnic Russians there (which is why I urged the Ukrainian government not to rise to the bait by permitting or encouraging anti-Russian violence in Crimea).
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