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You're reading: Boris Danik: Poroshenko’s Vietnam

Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko’s sending troops to
re-take the airport in Donetsk from pro-Russian separatists is understandable
in terms of political necessity, and it was applauded by much of the worldwide
media as good show, but it was no breakthrough in the escalating level of
fighting.

Remarkably, the event itself brought to some a leery feeling
of name similarity between the Donetsk and Danang airports, the latter the main
base of U.S. military presence in Vietnam at the time. No reason to get excited
in indignation, as some will when glancing at this writing. “Spokoyna glufka”,
don’t get overly excited, is a rough translation of a cute phrase I learned
from a Polish friend.

Moscow will match whatever force is required to keep control
of most of the Donbas under separatist control, by sending more weapons and
paid fighters with fanciful designations like Cossacks, Chechens and you name
it. The long and short of it is that Moscow expects to wear down Ukraine in Donbas
until Kyiv capitulates and implements decentralization towards gradual
dismantling of the Ukrainian state as demanded by the Kremlin.

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