1. alex
    January 15, 2015 @ 10:17 pm

    Russia’s reasons are build the empire. The same idea was to build comunism in USSR. Russia can not exist as normal European democracy basing on human rights and strong economy. Only empire, police, total corruption and mafia – these factors can hold such a diverse country together. And external enemy as explanation of problems – USA, OTAN or Ukraine. When they will be defeated people in russia will live better, but before – they must suffer in silence.
    2.Ethnic russians are minority in Russian Federation. Russian family has usually 1-2 children. Tatar or chechen family has 8-10 children. In 15-20 years this will couse huge problem if Russia will not find millions of slavic people elswere. In Ukraine.
    Russia will not stop on Ukraine. Next target – Baltic countries, then Poland. This monster can not live without a war.


    • admin
      January 21, 2015 @ 11:33 pm

      You bring up a good point about the Russians demographic crisis. Russian population problems are really severe and the country is shrinking in population size every year. To remedy these problems Putin has long dreamed of a ‘greater Russia’, encompassing the millions of ethnic Russians that live in Russia’s neighboring states. There’s certainly an aspect of that in his grab of ethnically Russian land in Eastern Ukraine.


  2. Dmytro Shulga
    January 15, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

    Two points:
    1. all regions (including Donetsk and Luhansk), except Crimea, have ukrainian majority. Though yes, Donetsk and Luhansk have significant russian minorities.
    “Rebellions” ther have been staged andd led by russian special forces (Girkin/Strelkov et all) and with help from Donbass political clan which formed the core of Yanukovich supporters.
    2.There is a deeper conflict between Russia and Ukraine – for Russia, it seems impossible to consider Ukraine as a subject at all. Similar case can be made for Belarus.


  3. Helleick Ferlibay
    January 21, 2015 @ 9:18 am

    The author forgets that it was the West who staged an ultra-nationalist coup to depose a democratically elected president, it the West who was trying to force the Russian naval presence from Crimea, it was the West who demanded to launch a bloody invasion into Donbass that dared to challenge their rule over Ukraine.

    Russia is a passive player here, that does nothing but trying to diminish the effects of the Western aggression. Asking why “Russia continues to advance, grabbing more and more territory” does not make sense because it simply does not happen.


    • admin
      January 21, 2015 @ 11:27 pm

      Through an aggressive policy of political and diplomatic containment epitomized by NATO, the United States has forced Russia on the defensive. After the ‘democratically elected’ pro-Russian president of Ukraine used the military to shoot his own people and was overthrown, Russia was forced to militarily intervene. While the west is responsible for engineering Russia’s dismal geopolitical situation, Russia itself is the military aggressor in the Ukrainian conflict.


    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2015 @ 5:25 am

      Where are you getting your information for the claims you made in the first paragraph? From my perspective, the claims you have provided sound very identical to those printed by the Kremlin backed media outlets, such as Pravda and RT, and given the tight state control of the media, such sources can be extremely biased.


      • Michael
        August 23, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

        Russia has a lot of pro-Western media outlets, among them Moscow Times, TV Rain, Echo Moskvy etc also Russia is subject to propaganda from Langley through VOA / RFE/RL. Ukraine is subject to a more intensive barrage of pro-Western propaganda than Russia is, and the problem in neither case is ‘state controlled media’ – in fact the problem for both Ukraine and Russia is control of their media by foreigners. In Russia it no longer works because the people learned the lesson of the 90s. Russia is not the military aggressor, is not manipulating Ukraine, the West is both.


        • Denali Marsh
          September 4, 2015 @ 4:16 am

          Russia is the direct military aggressor manipulating Ukraine. Claiming that the West is forcefully manipulating Ukraine by sending supplies to the Ukrainian Government (which was popularly elected in an election with international monitors, unlike Russia’s recent ‘election’ in Crimea) while ignoring the fact that Russia is literally invading Ukraine with full battalions of soldiers, tanks, and artillery, is woefully misguided.


  4. iakovos
    May 29, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

    Russia vs Turkey : The Geopolitics of the South & the Turk Stream Pipelines


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