Russia in Ukraine, It Just Doesn’t Wash

The Russian position in Ukraine is just untenable, despite the best efforts of its Foreign Ministry. Consider the audacity of these quotes from Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevicha in a BBC report back at the beginning of U.S. air strikes against ISIS:

“The US president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the US armed forces against Isil (IS) positions in Syria without the consent of the legitimate government.”

Meanwhile the Russian president has lied about verified strikes by Russian armed forces against Ukrainian positions inside Ukraine without the consent of the legitimate government.

Again, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevicha:

“This step, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law.”

Meanwhile the Russians’ steps, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, are an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law.


Web Resources for War News

Me, I got this uneasy feeling. It may be that them what know ain’t saying and them saying don’t know, but the Polish PM and NATO are queasy, and when the Russian UN ambassador calls for “humanitarian intervention” and the Putin team uses RT to wail it, it looks like boxes are being checked for an invasion. The U.S. Defense Secretary is in the region, saying as much. It’s a good thing everybody’s got so much confidence in our president.

I’d guess it would start overnight one night, and since we’re seven hours earlier here on the U.S. east coast we might find ourselves up all night one night soon working the internets and the news channels. Just in case, here are a few internet resources and live TV feeds from the region:

The Interpreter translates news from Russia from Kyiv has a live feed
TV5, Kyiv live feed, in English
The Kyiv Post
The Carnegie Moscow Center and especially Demitri Trenin and Lilia Shevtsova (click “latest analysis”)
Tons of links from Johnson’s Russia List
Life News live TV from Russia. Some call it the information arm of Russian intelligence.
Russia24 live feed
Ukraine News1 in English
The Warsaw Voice in English, news in English from Poland
Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, which runs a live Ukraine blog during the day, CET
NATO’s blog
Live stream from Spilno TV. Not always on.
Ukraine at War blog in English.

I’ll add more as I find them. Please suggest others, if you like.

Not the Way They Taught It in Journalism School


More really brave reporting from Luhansk, Ukraine by @SimonOstrovsky.

“A lot of people think that if they join Russia then everything will be great and there will be fireworks. But I have a different opinion.”