A step closer

The developing situation in Eastern Ukraine is far more worrying that the annexation of Crimea. Since my last post towards the end of February, the Crimean peninsula has officially become part of Russia again. Despite the denial of the international community in recognising this, people in the region voted overwhelmingly to detach themselves from the Ukraine in favour of following Mr Putin. The West was quick to dispel the vote as illegal, but the question of the vote breaking international law seems to have gone unanswered. Up until this point, I found it hard not to side with Putin over the hypocrisy that Western leaders were showing once again. Interventions in Syria and earlier in Iraq and Afghanistan have proved somewhat embarrassing and imperialistic for the West, but the latest developments in Ukraine have caused me to question my stance. The pro-Russian thugs that have taken over state buildings in Eastern cities have been issued with an ultimatum by the Ukrainian government. Meanwhile, Putin has warned ministers in Kiev that they face civil war should they decide to use force rid the activists from government buildings in Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv. If Putin was looking for a pretext to invade Eastern Ukraine, in his eyes he now certainly has it.