Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Russian Round Two: Ukraine

August 13, 2008

Now that Russia has claimed to observe a cease-fire with Georgia as they drop rounds and keep up suppressing fire on their civilians, the time has come for the Bear to stage their next step: the Ukraine.
See, Russia is not only trying to seize control of all major fuel sources on the continent(s), they are also trying to reassert their empire in the former Soviet bloc countries of Eastern Europe. One problem: Many of them want to be in NATO. Namely, Georgia and Ukraine. Their admission into NATO has been stalled for various reasons, but the relationship between Russia and the rest of Europe is getting more tense.
International analysts are warning of a possible intimidation from Russia towards Ukraine, now that the Georgian people have been slaughtered and are terrified under the military control of Russian President Medvedev in their fractured sovereign nation.
To refresh our memories, this is the handiwork that Russia (Putin) has already committed in Ukraine:

This is the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yushchenko. If you recall, during their Orange Revolution in late 2004, the Ukrainians chose the side of light in a high-profile run-off election. The choice was between Viktor Yushchenko and Russian-backed Viktor Yanukovych, and in true Soviet style, the game pieces on the chessboard were moved while the opponent wasn’t looking. Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin before the elections and very nearly killed by the Russians, according to him, and foreign policy experts from the Ukraine and around the world.
It is a miracle that he survived, but it looks like the Bear is mounting its final blow. For world politics enthusiasts, here are a couple of maps that may come in handy in the next few weeks:

Highlighting Ukrainian places of interest that Russia may be targeting soon:

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