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Intervention and Excuses
Making Sense of Russia in Ukraine

If you’ve been obsessively following the news from Ukraine as we have, you know that it’s becoming difficult to coherently piece together the various reports of Russian military activity coming in from across Crimea. Add into the mix reports of violent pro-Russian protests in various eastern cities, and the difficulty goes up a notch.

Here’s our attempt at making all this a little more manageable:

The regions in red are where there have been reports of Russian military activity or pro-Russian activism (which could be used as a pretext for intervention). Click the regions to zoom in, and mouse over the locations to see what happened when.

This is just our first draft, and we plan on posting updated maps as the situation evolves. Readers are encouraged to shoot us a note—including a link to a story from a reasonably reputable source*—if we’re missing something.

*Pravda and Russia Today do not qualify as reputable sources, for example.

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  • Pete

    Here is what you need to integrate into your thought process becasue it is what many, if not most, Americans feel.

    • rheddles

      Not my favorite author, but it’s hard to argue with someone making sense.

    • Arkeygeezer

      I agree with this article. This is a Ukraine problem, not an American problem. Let the Ukrainians settle it. The country will probably be divided in two, with the western part of the country associating more with the EU and the eastern part of the country remaining under Russian influence.

  • qet

    Would it be in bad taste to ask, Where is Army Group South when you really need it?

    • B-Sabre

      Probably. I was thinking that if NATO became involved, the sight of German panzer abteilung rolling east through Poland would cause some heart attacks in the Home For The Veterans of the Great Patriotic War. It would probably cause some mixed emotions in Poland and Ukraine as well, but hey, as long as they keep rolling east…

    • Andrew Allison

      If you consider the outcome of the Wehrmacht’s last foray into the former Soviet Union, I’d say be careful what you wish for [/grin]

  • B-Sabre

    Well, this just crawled up out of the net:

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