To Aid or Not to Aid
Ukraine’s Biggest Problem: No Money
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  • Mark Michael

    I think this analysis hits the nail on the head. It raises the question,”Is there any hope those corrupt oligarchs will ‘straighten up and fly right’?” Maybe paraphrase Churchill about us Americans, “They’ll do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else!” How many things can those corrupt oligarchs try?

    Actually, the fear in the back of one’s mind is Putin: How will he take this – now that the Sochi Winter Olympics are over? Will he decide to use force like he did in Georgia? Send in the military in some form or other? Maybe not tank columns streaming over the border, but “fifth” columns of some special forces to put pressure on the Ukrainians. I hope not.

  • Pete

    “The best thing that could happen would be a serious aid package from the United States and the EU, ..”

    Oh sure. Throw more U.S. taxpayer money down the drain in an asinine attempt to ‘save the world.’ from itself. Let thew EU and Russia deal with the Ukraine, not us.

    Kiddies, America is in debt up to its eyeballs. It is time to be fiscally prudent. The squandering of taxpayer money must to stop.

  • Andrew Allison

    This analysis demonstrates a surprising lack of understanding of the geopolitical realities. Ukraine’s biggest problem is not money but Crimea, which is not just a locus of pro-Russian feeling, but home of a major Russian naval base. The smartest thing Kiev could do would be to return the former USSR’s 1954 gift of the Crimea to the then SS Republic of Ukraine. This would, at a stroke, appease Russian and relieve Ukraine of threats of Russian intervention and pro-Russian unrest.

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