April 25, 2014
This report was released on April 14, 2014.
As Crimean-like dissent is raging on in eastern Ukraine, experts believe the crisis represents a new Cold War between the US and Russia, wondering who will win this battlefield.
Professor Yuri Katunin from Taurida National University says “this is definitely a conflict between America and Russia.” And on the outcome of this conflict, he adds, “I think it is too early to say who will win.”
Commenting on the rising conflict between the two super-powers, Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor of Veterans Today believes “the US wanted its missile shield moved closer to Russia, an obvious aggressive move, which Russia had done nothing to encourage,” adding, “There will be ‘far reaching consequences’…but for the real planners and perpetrators of the Western aggression on Ukraine.”
Political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia. Following Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17 and formally applied to become part of Russia.
Pro-Russia rallies gained momentum in Ukraine after Crimea declared independence from the former Soviet state and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum.
On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law documents that officially made the Black Sea peninsula part of the Russian territory despite condemnation from the West and the new Ukrainian government.
The move sparked angry reactions from the United States and the European Union, both imposing punitive measures against a number of Russian officials and authorities in Crimea.
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