Coal, Iron ore, Eastern Europe's silicon valley is located in Ukraine, Bread basket of Eastern Europe (see Holodomor}, major manufacturing, a lot of key industries that Russia doesn't want to lose to the rest of the world
The UN has to put some teeth into the cease fire agreement, keep supporting Ukraine with equipment and training, no need for boots on the ground just help Ukraine get organized and grow stronger believe it or not Russia is already scared of Ukraine's will for independence and inner strength to survive
You sound as if you admire him.Russia fires at Ukrainian ships and captures three vessels off Crimea
Putin on the move.
Hey retard, Crimea was over some time ago. You better start wondering about Alaska bailing back to the motherland now that everybody knows fuk all would be done about it. Alaska and Alberta both star with the same letter, perhaps we are distant relatives.I agree and as long as Russia keeps the country destabilized the vote to join NATO or the European union is unattainable due to not a true consensus of the residents of Ukraine
The Russian "system" may have changed over time but there has always been powerful institutions there meant to terrorize the populace into obdience. I believe that the word is "Thugocracy".I think they were feeling it until they entered Syria and set up new trades with Iran, China, Turkey, etc. Problem is Putin and company don't care if the populace go hungry, as long as he doesn't look weak. The people are starting to complain, but the rest are to scared yet.
Liar.I think they were feeling it until they entered Syria and set up new trades with Iran, China, Turkey, etc. Problem is Putin and company don't care if the populace go hungry, as long as he doesn't look weak. The people are starting to complain, but the rest are to scared yet.
It is the EU farmers with no buyers that are going hungry. At least you are proving the collective has no shame at all about what shit thy post as the truth.
Russia has seized three Ukrainian military vessels violating its territory near Russia’s newly completed Crimean Bridge. The incident is a clear provocation carried out by Kiev and possibly engineered by Kiev’s Western sponsors – particularly those in Washington and London.
Ukrainian military vessels are in fact permitted to pass from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov provided they notify Russian authorities beforehand. The Sea of Azov – according to a joint agreement signed by Kiev and Moscow in 2003 – is considered internal waters of both Ukraine and Russia.
With the completion of the Crimean Bridge connecting Russian Crimea to the rest of Russian territory across the Strait of Kerch, security measures have understandably increased.
According to Russian state media, Ukrainian military vessels have previously observed agreed upon protocol when transiting the Strait of Kerch with military vessels. For the sake of provocation, they chose not to this time.
TASS would explain in its article titled, “All three Ukrainian Navy vessels that violated Russia’s border detained in Black Sea,” that:The FSB [Russian Federal Security Service] stressed that Ukraine was aware of the procedure for warships’ passage through Russia’s territorial sea and Kerch-Yenikale Canal. “They have already used that procedure for innocent passage,” it said.
Ukraine has declared martial law following a minor skirmish with Russian ships in the Kerch Strait. But why would Kiev take such a dramatic move now, five years after declaring itself at war with Russia?
Western headlines are once again sounding with warnings about “Russian aggression” after Russian ships opened fire on three Ukrainian military vessels attempting to cross the Kerch Strait on Sunday. Moscow says the vessels failed to notify of their intent to cross as required, and even denied having that intent on the night before. The Kerch Strait connects the Black Sea and the Azov Sea and separates Crimea from the Russian mainland.
The incident, which saw the Ukrainian ships detained and some sailors treated for injuries, was quickly framed as Russian aggression by many pundits and prompted vows of support for Ukraine from European Union officials. As always with mainstream Western coverage of Russia and Ukraine, it’s worth looking a bit more closely to decipher what parts of the story are being left out or sidelined.
MOSCOW — During the past three years, something Russians were used to doing in the 1990s has made a triumphant comeback: the habit of bringing food home from trips abroad.
Shopping for food on vacation outside Russia has become a routine pastime for them since August 2014, when the Kremlin banned import of dairy, produce, fruit, meat, poultry, fish and seafood from the U.S., European Union and several other countries. The ban came in response to sanctions those countries imposed on Russia, which was accused of supporting pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine after Moscow annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.
Authorities at the time maintained that the move would punish the West and boost the country's agricultural sector, spurring it to thrive in the absence of competitors offering less-expensive products.
Three years later, officials insist it did. A closer look, however, presents a more uneven picture. Food production in Russia has increased, but so have prices. Higher prices have led to changed and lowered consumption, and in turn, reduced sales. Inflation has eaten into the promised government support to help food production. And, say consumers and people in the food industry, the overall quality of available food isn't as high as it was prior to the food import ban.
The food embargo came at a bad time for Russia. Oil prices were at a record low, the ruble had plummeted and the country's relationships with Western nations was worsening. The term "isolation" dominated the news here.
If we're not going to fight a war over Crimea and if Russia won't release it over mere sanctions, then are we planning on just keeping the sanctions on Russia for the next 70 years or is it time to move on, drop the sanctions, and trade with Russia again? The whole point of the sanctions was to force Russia to release Crimea. It hasn't and it won't unless we put boots on the ground. Given its nuclear capability, we probably won't put boots on the ground. So what is the end game?