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Ukraine’s Increasing Polarization and the Western Challenge

By Eugene Chausovsky – Geopolitical Weekly – Stratfor – March 11, 2014

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Ukraine’s Increasing Polarization and the Western Challenge

Just days before the Ukrainian crisis broke out, I took an overnight train to Kiev from Sevastopol in Crimea. Three mechanics in their 30s on their way to jobs in Estonia shared my compartment. All ethnic Russians born and raised in Sevastopol, they have made the trip to the Baltic states for the past eight years for seasonal work at Baltic Sea shipyards. Our ride together, accompanied by obligatory rounds of vodka, presented the opportunity for an in-depth discussion of Ukraine’s political crisis. The ensuing conversation was perhaps more enlightening than talks of similar length with Ukrainian political, economic or security officials.  Continue reading

Great Expectations: Crimean referendum – (RT Documentary)

Great Expectations: Crimeans await fateful referendum (RT Documentary)

Published on Mar 8, 2014

From the late 18th century Crimea was a part of Russia; that was until 1954 when Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, issued a decree transferring the small Black Sea peninsular from Russia to Ukraine which was still a part of the USSR. Crimea is, to this day, mostly populated by Russians, though there are also many Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars.   Continue reading