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This Week in PD: Uncertainty in Ukraine


Uncertainty in Ukraine An Opportunity for Propaganda

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and uncertainty associated with the actions and 'propaganda' of Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian separatists have forced the diplomatic hands of the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union.

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U.S. and Russia Agree on Pact to Defuse Ukraine Crisis


The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement here on Thursday evening that calls for armed pro-Russian bands to give up the government buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine and outlines other steps to de-escalate the crisis.

Putin Says Ukraine 'On Verge of Civil War'


Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Ukraine is "on the verge of civil war." The Kremlin said Putin made the comment in a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the situation there.

U.S. Should Send Troops to Quell Ukraine Crisis


Despite much diplomatic effort, the situation in Ukraine worsens. A coordinated Russian campaign, including an invasion threat, special operations destabilization in eastern Ukraine patterned on the Crimea model, and warnings of gas cutoffs document ever more clearly Vladi­mir Putin’s aim to cripple the Ukrainian government and control much or even all of this strategically vital European country.

Putin's Actions in Ukraine Give NATO a New Purpose


More than two decades after the Cold War supposedly came to a peaceful conclusion,Russia’s encroachment on Ukrainian sovereignty and its outright annexation of Crimea have occasioned a retro flashback. A byproduct of this geopolitical turmoil is NATO’s renewed importance to foreign policy.

Scotland: Yes or No?


The sign outside the new visitor centre reads simply “The Battle of Bannockburn” as though one had rolled up in time for the fight, instead of 700 years too late. The approach to the site goes through the dull suburbs of Stirling, via a northerly spur of Scotland’s patchy motorway system.