MOSCOW — Russia’s upper house of parliament approved on Saturday President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to send military forces to Ukraine, stoking fears of war in a country whose fragile, post-revolutionary authorities are still struggling to enforce nationwide order.
The Basque group ETA announced Saturday it would put its arsenal of weapons "out of operational use" in a first step by the considerably weakened separatist group towards a historic disarmament.
More than two years after announcing a "definitive end to armed activity," the gestures by western Europe's last major violent separatist movement to officially disarm have been met with shrugs in Spain, which wants the group to disband without condition.
Part of the reason Europe and the United States have been caught off guard by Putin in Crimea, as they have been elsewhere so many times recently, is that they tend to assume he makes decisions in his country’s interests, like his Western counterparts. That’s not the case. Putin makes decisions that are in his interests.
KYIV — Post-revolutionary Ukraine may have finally appointed a new government on Thursday, but that was the easy part. After President Viktor Yanukovych’s flight last weekend, the country is facing threats of separatism, a failing economy and increasing demands from protesters for transparency in a system that was built for the opposite.
LISBON — The EU and US know they must act fast to keep the Ukrainian economy afloat, back democratic politicians and deter a Russian backlash. However, a few minutes listening to Wednesday's debate on Ukraine in the European Parliament in Strasbourg would be enough to dispel any illusions that will be easy.