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  •  I don't see them as easing (3+ / 0-)
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    I see Ukraine taking steps to improve the situation in Ukraine. But, I'm afraid nothing Ukraine can do will satisfy Putin.

    Go back to Putin's March 18th speech in his annexation of Crimea. He channel's his triggers for invading Ukraine:

    Let me say one other thing too. Millions of Russians and Russian-speaking people live in Ukraine and will continue to do so. Russia will always defend their interests using political, diplomatic and legal means. But it should be above all in Ukraine’s own interest to ensure that these people’s rights and interests are fully protected. This is the guarantee of Ukraine’s state stability and territorial integrity.
    So, here Putin is telling Ukraine that he will respect Ukraine sovereignty IF Ukrainian ethnic Russians rights and interests are fully protected - a rather subjective criteria.

    Since that speech, we've seen him, his ambassador to the UN and US, and his propaganda mouthpiece continue to make the case that ethnic Russians in Ukraine are being brutalized and attacked. Yet, there is no evidence of it. But, he continues to make that case up to and including today in his phone call with Obama, a phone call Putin placed. From your RT link:

    Vladimir Putin drew Obama’s attention to the continuing acts of intimidation against civilians as well as government and law enforcement agencies conducted by extremists in Ukraine
    From your BBC link:
    The Kremlin said in a statement that the Russian president drew Mr Obama's attention to "the continued rampage of extremists" in Kiev and various regions of Ukraine.
    So, I don't see this as tensions easing, but as Putin continuing to build his case which will justify his invasion of Ukraine based on the trigger he defined in his March 18 speech.

    KOS: "Mocking partisans focusing on elections? Even less reason to be on Daily Kos."

    by fcvaguy on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 08:45:32 PM PDT

    •  As long as thousands of Russian troops (0+ / 0-)

      are massed on Ukraine's border, I wouldn't say that tensions are easing much.

      “Our international partners insist that the only way out is to have this presidential election on May 25. In a situation of political chaos in the country? What will be the effect of those elections if some of the regions do not participate or turnout is very low in the course of those elections?”
      This makes it sound like the Russian ambassador is both dismissing the May 25 elections and working up an excuse for further Russian military intervention.

      Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

      by bear83 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 05:48:35 AM PDT

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