Dangerous Desperation in Kiev
Driven by Kiev’s desperation—as the Ukrainian economy tanks, the IMF has again refused billions of dollars of assistance previously promised; Europe increasingly is withdrawing its support, unpersuaded by Kiev’s denial of having sent commandos to Russia’s Crimean peninsula; and Ukrainian President Poroshenko has been excluded from September’s G20 meeting—the government is frantically trying to regain unconditional Western support. (Even Vice President Biden, the overseer of Washington’s “Ukrainian project,” appears to be worried about Kiev’s recklessness.) Kiev will not or cannot negotiate an end to the Ukrainian civil/proxy war and thus seems determined to provoke a larger war with Russia to regain Western support; but its repeated claims that Putin is preparing a “new invasion” lack logic and no longer seem credible to Kiev’s former unconditional Western supporters.
Frankly, Ukraine really should begin cleaning up its act; indeed, forget about both Crimea and the Donbass for the time being* and worry about fixing its own economy instead (including getting rid of corruption, of course).
*For the record, my own thoughts on both Crimea and the Donbass (as well as on various other territories worldwide) is this--hold a completely free and fair referendum there (which includes allowing all of the displaced people from there to vote in this referendum) and honor the results of this referendum regardless of their outcome.