Sunday, August 31, 2014

Putin’s czarist fantasies put Europe on brink of the unthinkable

Kelly McParland | August 29, 2014 | Toronto National Post

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is proving far more reckless than previously imagined in his determination to have his way in Ukraine, exhibiting a level of cynicism and contempt for international law that few could have anticipated.

Canada Thursday condemned what it calls an “invasion of eastern Ukraine” by Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, saying the attacks will “strengthen the resolve” of NATO leaders who will meet next week to discuss the escalating crisis.

The Conservative government did not indicate what further measures it plans, but Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada Thursday called for Canada and its allies to act “immediately” by providing “real” military support and even troops on the ground to help his country defend itself in what he says has become an outright war.

“Nowadays when we see the Russians are fighting as the military are doing, we need more support. When we’re talking support nowadays, we’re talking about military support. At least we will need some military equipment,” Ukrainian Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko told the Citizen.

On Thursday the North Atlantic Treaty Organization released satellite images showing Russian combat forces engaged in Ukraine and termed the action “illegal”. NATO says at least 1,000 Russian troops are operating within Ukraine, with another 20,000 arrayed along the nearby border.

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