Putin needs to establish a land link between the Russian Federation and Crimea before the onset of winter. If he chooses not to create such a link, the population of Crimea will surely starve and freeze; this will cause Putin major problems at home in the spring, when hiding the humanitarian … [Read more...] about Ten Reasons Why Russia Could Invade Ukraine Before Winter – Thoughts from Kiev
Given that no one anywhere (including in Russia) seems to still believe the fairytale of Russia’s “non-involvement” in Ukraine, Putin may just decide to drop the pretense, and engage “the fascist evil” (as the Russian media refers to Ukraine) directly. [dropcap size=big]A[/dropcap] full six days … [Read more...] about The Minsk “cease fire” agreement and the calm before the storm.
"Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers." - Putin [dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]ast Saturday Putin issued a veiled threat to those in the West who might “threaten Russia’s … [Read more...] about Putin’s Reminder – “Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers.” (Thoughts from Kiev)
What does an aggressive animal backed into a corner do? Now we’re into nightmare scenario. [dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]’ve spent the past week in Canada visiting my elderly parents. Other than having to deal with jet lag, I’ve also experienced a degree of culture shock: for the average Canadian, … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Putin – The Dooms Day Scenario
"Local protests in Moscow are nowhere near as threatening as tens of thousands of Russian troops massing along a border less than 500 km away." [dropcap size=big]D[/dropcap]uring the past few weeks I have relaxed somewhat. The Ukrainian Presidential election ran smoothly; President Poroshenko spoke … [Read more...] about Anti-Putin Protests in Moscow – Thoughts from Kiev
"It seems Putin missed the adage of Marx according to which “history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.” [dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]n case there was still any doubt about the true nature of the war in Ukraine’s eastern regions, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced to the press … [Read more...] about Russian T-72 Tanks Enter Ukraine – Thoughts from Kiev.