“Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century.” – Vladimir Putin, 2005
In the wake of the Ukranian Revolution, a secession crisis began on Ukraine’s Russian-leaning Criminean Penninsula. In February 2014, unmarked armed forces began to take over the area. On March 1st, exiled Ukranian President, Viktor Yanukovych asked that Russia’s military be used to establish “peace, law and order” to the people of Ukraine. Russian troops were deployed, and by March 2nd, they had control over Crimea.
In April, Putin referred to regions in Ukraine as “Novorossiya”, a 19th century term for lands controlled by Russia during imperial czarist times. Russia has had troops on the Ukranian border, poised to invade, despite Putin’s claims of retreat. Violent clashes between Russian separatists and Ukranian troops have caused unrest in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian demonstrators have seized government buildings. READ MORE >