James Sherr: It is time we stopped praising Ukraine for ‘exercising restraint’

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March 26, 2014, 6:02 p.m. | Ukraine Politics — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

James Sherr
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Yuriy Onyshkiv

Yuriy Onyshkiv served as the Kyiv Post's political reporter from 2010-2013. He is now a coal reporter for Argus Media.

Since Russian troops invaded and took over Crimea, Ukraine’s authorities have seemed largely helpless. The criticism is not easing since many expect that Russia may invade the mainland, citing Russian troops near Ukraine's northeastern borders and Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that southeastern Ukraine is a traditionally Russian land. 

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