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  • What Russia Really Wants (Putin's End-Game In Ukraine Alert)

    03/04/2014 9:48:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/04/2014 | Ruslan Pukhov
    That’s because Russia has a strong interest in nominally retaining Crimea as part of Ukraine. From the disintegration of the Soviet Union onward, Crimea, with its traditionally separatist leanings, was always a destabilizing factor. It served as a direct avenue of Russian pressure on Ukraine, and also guaranteed almost a million “pro-Russian” votes in Ukrainian elections, ensuring the dominance of the pro-Russian eastern half of the country over the nationalist western half. If the Ukrainian nationalists had been smarter and more farsighted, they themselves would have advocated a renunciation of claims to Crimea in order to remove this needle in...