Whatever Putin’s many sins — and they are legion — he has forced the West to admit that it just stopped caring years ago, and the world belongs to those who care.
All of the fights over the next few weeks are mere sideshows. The greater story now is whether the European Union has a future beyond an existence as a trading zone.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Groysman is in one of the worst jobs in the world — and it would be a lot worse if he didn’t have a high likelihood of retiring to a Black Sea dacha soon.
Yanukovych’s successors have promised even greater reforms and accomplished basically nothing — indeed, this is part of why Yatsenyuk’s government is in such danger.
Ukraine should be working on getting a functioning military in place; obtaining cutting-edge weaponry from the United States, Europe, or Israel; and at any rate, preparing for a nastier war once Putin returns.
Russia’s United Nations delegation walked out of a speech by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, citing the speech’s “aggression.” Read that again, to savor it.
The Ukraine that existed from 1991 through early 2014 is an historic memory as two rump states engage in a fight the end of which everyone already knows.
Ukraine could have been a symbol of the West’s determination and ability to make its vision of the world a reality. Ukraine today is a symbol of Western impotence and indifference. And the former Soviet Union is watching.
Winter is coming, and the gas likely will not. Women and children will die of cold when not burned alive. And they will say Ukraine is not at war.
It has been quite a year for Vladimir Putin, and a mark of shame to the West and the institutions of international law it thought it had created.