Russia Ratchets Up Rhetoric on Ukraine


Five years removed from the Orange Revolution (or U.S.-backed coup if you’re Vladimir Putin), with an election approaching in January, and a president who almost surely will not be re-elected, Ukraine is once again faced with belligerent talk from Moscow. The strong rhetoric ranges from accusations of Ukrainian soldiers killing Russian troops in Georgia, to President Dimitry Medvedev’s address to Kiev featuring a war ship-filled background. Is Russia really threatening military action in an attempt to bring “Little Russia” back into its sphere of influence, or merely trying to coerce Ukraine’s future leadership with Russian interests?


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