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07 March 2014 @ 02:34 pm
Ukraine and Crimea  
UKRAINE/CRIMEA/RUSSIA:
* John Green presents a video primer on the embattled history of the Ukraine.
* Great read: "Why is Putin doing this? Because he can. That's it, that's all you need to know."
* 300 years of history of Crimea in six maps.
* The former president of Georgia thinks that Putin's actions look familiar.
* Why Russia would be better off if Ukraine kept Crimea.

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squishydishsquishydish on March 8th, 2014 09:02 am (UTC)
I heard a very interesting piece on BBC this morning, speculating whether Putin's really a bit mad, or putting it on to make everyone afraid of him; also about a longstanding tradition over there of making absurd statements, like the sky is pink, and making people swallow them in order to disorient them as you proceed with making reality into whatever you say it is.
PMMJ: Ayatollahcheetahmaster on March 8th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Read another piece saying Putin is worried about things back at home, which is, you know, the opposite of what everyone else is saying? So hard to get a read on that part of the world sometimes.