The Russian Foreign Ministry complained today that allegations about the responsibility of the Russian-backed separatists in southeastern Ukraine for the downing of MH17 is merely taken “from social media,” AP reports.
Staunton, July 27 – Having taken the measure of the West and found it wanting, Vladimir Putin has expanded his aggression from the military occupation of Crimea to the organization of irredentist insurgencies in eastern Ukraine to the shooting down of the Malaysian jetliner to the shelling of Ukrainian targets from the territory of the Russian Federation.
When a criminal trial involves a pilot taken captive by insurgents in one country and found imprisoned and facing serious criminal charges in another, questions are inevitable. Russia has thus far proven unable to credibly explain how Nadya Savchenko came to be in Russian detention and to be charged with involvement in the deaths of a Russian journalist and cameraman. It is instead applying dubious tactics to ensure that the questions are either not asked, or not heard. Not for the first time, Russian TV has been assigned a key role.
The head of Russia’s Investigative Committee [IC] has promised that Russia will come and get all of those the IC suspects of crimes committed against Russians in Ukraine. Alexander Bastrykin not only warns that Russia will be willing to abduct people from Ukraine, but suggests that it will be following other countries’ example in doing so. And exercising “the right history gives us to carry out an investigation.”
To the surprise of many, but not to those who understand him, Vladimir Putin has upped his aggression against Ukraine in the wake of the shooting down of MH17 by his separatist allies. (For a definitive account of separatist guilt, see AP What Happened: The Day Flight 17 Was Downed.) The Russian military is now routinely shelling Ukrainian positions from across the border, hoping to elicit a response so they can claim a Ukrainian attack. Russia’s drones are targeting troop positions. Even more sophisticated missiles are flooding across the border, ignoring the lesson of the Malaysian jet tragedy. Russian MIGs are shooting down antiquated Ukrainian SU fighter aircraft, depriving Ukraine of control of its own skies. (After shooting down MH17, a rebel commander called east Ukraine air space “our skies.”) Putin’s propaganda war continues unabated, spinning fantasticconspiracy theories and accusing Ukraine of war crimes as they fight back against professional Russian mercenaries. Russian state television informs its viewers that thetrue enemies are the United States and NATO. Ukraine is just a lackey carrying out orders from above.
A stunning unfolding of international crises, from Iraq to Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, has prompted some less-than-edifying Washington debate: It’s all President Obama’s fault. No, it’s not his fault at all.
Perhaps anyone trying to understand Russian internal and external policy-making should look at what has been happening this last week in Crimea. I’ve been trying to reconcile some different pieces of news related to the peninsula, and what I get is a window onto the graveyard of ideologies that is today’s Russia.
Russian artillery is firing into eastern Ukraine...Why would the Russians do this? Simple -- this fits into their plan to support pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The end game? I believe it is the eventual absorption of that region into the Russian Federation.
The body of evidence that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is overwhelming. To start, separatist leaders bragged about shooting down an aircraft, then retracted their claims when they realized it was a passenger plane and not a military transport.
It is now almost certain that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 using a Russian-made missile. As some of the initial shock begins to wear off, it may be worth it to step back and consider what the incident means for Russia’s place within the international system.
In 1991, when Soviet Communism collapsed, it seemed as if the Russian people might at last have the chance to become citizens of a normal Western democracy. Vladimir Putin's disastrous contribution to Russia's history has been to set his country on a different path. And yet many around the world, through self-interest or self-deception, have been unwilling to see Mr Putin as he really is.
The Economic Advisory Council was formed in April at the request of Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta.
In addition to the authors, the members of this council include Daron Acemoglu, professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Anders Aslund, senior research associate, Peterson Institute in Washington, D.C. and Kakha Bendukidze, chairman of the Free University in Tbilisi, Georgia
After troops from his country forcibly seized Crimea earlier this year, Russian president Vladimir Putin is back in the news for allegedly arming separatists in eastern Ukraine with the missiles that are believed to have taken down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week. The Onion breaks down what you need to know about Russia's leader.
Re "The problem with collective grief" (Opinion, July 23): Arnon Grunberg has completely misread the tragedy that has struck the Dutch nation.
I am an expat with no "Dutch" blood, but I have lived and worked in the Netherlands for over 14 years and, together with my Dutch husband and children, I am proud of the nation I call my home. Our national grief is not "compulsory mourning" nor an “instrument to promote collective identity." Mr. Grunberg's witheringly disrespectful statements about nationalism and collective identity smack of Soviet-era communism. And they are off the mark.
RIGA, Latvia - The death of 298 innocent civilians on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was the direct result of Vladimir V. Putin's reckless geopolitical gamble in Eastern Ukraine - as well as the West's weakness in countering him.
LISBON - THE Western news media is in crisis and is turning its back on the world. We hardly ever notice. Where correspondents were once assigned to a place for years or months, reporters now handle 20 countries each. Bureaus are in hub cities, far from many of the countries they cover. And journalists are often lodged in expensive bungalows or five-star hotels. As the news has receded, so have our minds.
A retired Russian military officer turned separatist leader in eastern Ukraine, who is suspected of downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17, was allegedly involved in the 1992 Serbian ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad.
While investigations continue, at this point most people accept that the missile that shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 was supplied by Russia, came from an area that its separatists controlled and involved training - if not outright participation - from the Russian military.