Europe

Ukraine on the Brink

An old joke used to say the Soviet Union was Chad with missiles, combining poor living conditions with sophisticated modern technologies, and little in between. Now the joke has become reality as the Russians have created Donetsk-with-missiles, a feral posse unable to manage the complex weaponry given to them. The reason Putin gave for descending on Crimea and eastern Ukraine was that Russian speakers, being discriminated against by Ukrainians, had appealed to Russia for help. No examples of this discrimination have ever surfaced. On the contrary, polls have repeatedly shown that, over the twenty-five years since communism’s collapse, Russians in…

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