UK involvement in Ukraine is just a lot of gas

This is another valuable piece by Mike, giving a side to the current Russian occupation of the Crimea, which has definitely not been covered in the mainstream news, at least on TV. There was also friction between Russia and the Ukraine in 1992, when the Russian parliament declared that the 1954 transfer of Crimea had been illegal and should be annulled. Private Eye in their ‘Letter from Kiev’ this fortnight has also offered a different perspective: the occupation of the Ukraine and continuing Russian pressure on Kiev isn’t about national rivalry: most Ukrainians find the whole idea of that as the cause absolutely ridiculous. Rather it’s about trying to control the Russian opposition. The Ukraine has a large Russian population, some of whom were involved in the protests which ousted Yanukovych. Putin has occupied the Ukraine, and wants Yanukovyth returned to power not because, as I thought, he’s trying to copy Hitler’s tactics with the Sudetenland and the annexation of Czechoslovakia just before the Second World War, but simply because he’s afraid that Russians will get the dodgy idea that you can throw out a corrupt government from their cousins, neighbours and compatriots in the Ukraine.

Vox Political

Battlefield: Independence Square in Kiev after clashes on February 20. Battlefield: Independence Square in Kiev after clashes on February 20. [Image: AFP] It isn’t often that Vox Political discusses foreign affairs; this would usually involve mentioning that national disaster, William Hague. But we’ll make an exception in the case of Ukraine.

If you don’t know that thinly-disguised Russian soldiers have occupied the Crimea, which is currently Ukrainian, you’d probably have to be living in a hole in the desert.

Russia says this is entirely justified, but the position is not clear-cut.

It seems this crisis started after a pro-Russian Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, decided to abandon plans for co-operation with Europe in favour of allying his country more closely with Russia.

At the time, Ukraine was deeply in debt and facing bankruptcy, with £21 billion needed to get through the current financial year and 2015. The country cannot call on the same financial levers as the UK, meaning this is…

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