Started by Simonorged, January 23, 2013, 11:38:01 AM
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Quote from: NejinOniwa on March 04, 2014, 02:31:30 AMRussia's interest lies in a Pro-Russian Ukraine that they can control and rely on to be a buffer state between the big Eastern European border of EU/NATO and Russia, just like they use Belarus. With the Pro-Russian Yanukovich ousted in favor of a Pro-EU revolutionary government, Putin acted on a more or less fabricated claim of unrest in Crimea where there is a large majority of ethnic Russians, and where there had been protests against the new Euromaidan government. There is now a wide standoff between the Ukrainians and Russian forces trying to force a surrender without fighting, and thus avoiding "actual military conflict" that the rest of the world will be pulled into. A massive propaganda war is being waged by the russians via Russia Today trying to make the Euromaidan government look like fascists and nazis (while Putin's own actions are startlingly similar to those of Hitler in 1936, and lots of Ukrainians are protesting with signs marked "Putler Kaput" bearing a caricature of Putin with Hitler's hair and mustache).Poland and other countries close to Russia are taking this very seriously, moving their troops and calling for a meeting of the NATO. The situation is extremely tense.