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Ukraine tension has roots in ‘hunger extermination’ of 1930s | CBC (Canada)
This report from Canada’s CBC offers one of the best analyses of historical roots of the current situation in Ukraine and the country’s relations with Russia.
The report includes a link to a CBC radio documentary about the Holodomor.
The tumult we’re seeing in Ukraine isn’t simply a recent tension over Crimea. Its roots go back to the defining event of Ukraine’s modern history: the Holodomor or “hunger-extermination” of the 1930s, in which as many as eight million died, writes Philip Coulter.
Canada 'will not waver' in supporting Ukraine, Harper says | CBC (Canada)
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Kyiv for a one-day visit today, promised continued assistance to Ukraine and praised its new leaders for showing restraint in the face of “obvious provocations” by the Russian government.
Oil firm stake sold to Swede to duck US sanctions | Radio Sweden
Listen on Radio Sweden: “Putin has never been a beneficiary”
A director at a major oil company tells Radio Sweden he is “outraged” that the US put the company’s co-founder on the Russian sanctions list, Radio Sweden reported.
One of the businessmen on the US sanctions list, Gennady Timchenko, has sold his stake in Gunvor, the fourth biggest private oil-trading firm in the world, to his Swedish partner, Torbjörn Törnqvist.
Time for American leadership | DW
Excellent news analysis by DW’s Antje Passenheim looking at the Transatlantic Partnership after Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Experts quoted include Nicholas Burns, political scientist at Harvard University who was Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the State Department under former President George W. Bush from 2005 until 2008.
Drones and sanctions as opposed to expensive military interventions: Obama’s foreign policy strategy is shifting. Experts say he wants a light military footprint – however the Ukraine crisis may challenge that premise.
Opinion: Thank you Mr. Putin | DW
Another excellent news analysis from Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW).
You knew that even 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall nothing concentrates the Western mind like a Soviet style land grab in Eastern Europe. Your power play does what we couldn’t: Revive our two key projects. DW’s Michael Knigge identifies these two key projects as European Union and Transatlantic Partnership.