Ukraine crisis: Order breaks down ahead of Crimea vote – BBC
Ukraine leaders vow not to cede land; Russia tightens grip on Crimea – Los Angeles Times
Is Vladimir Putin acting like Hitler? – The Washington Post
Ukraine crisis: Merkel, US warn Putin of Crimea annexation – CBC News
Russian Forces Gain in Ukraine as Separatist Vote Looms – Bloomberg
Ukraine crisis: Chinese president Xi Jinping urges US to show restraint – The Guardian
The latest headlines on the crisis in Ukraine or on Russian act of aggression in Ukraine or the Crimean crisis – a crisis the fate of which looks increasingly settled down in favour of the aggressor
Imperialist expansionism (and the efforts thus – though thwarted) was never dead in global geopolitics. Border controversies and territorial claims have continued unabated. But such orchestrations by a dictator who is one of the most powerful persons in the world and who exercises absolute control over one of the mightiest security establishments with a nuclear arsenal that can wipe out the humanity multiple times from the face of the Earth!!
Scary, isn’t it?
Are we going to go back to the days of realignments of national allegiances and redrawing of nations’ boundaries as happened in the aftermaths of first and second World Wars or during the Cold War?
Yes, writing that is premature and certainly in a globalized world that runs on the borderless world of global economy, the conditions are not conducive for Mr. Putin (and the dictators like him) to practice expansionism as a policy tool.
But it is also equally true that nothing can stop the dictators on thinking and dreaming on such lines.
And when an incident like a hostile aggression of a sovereign nation’s territory ignoring the global outrage against it, like the case of Crimea is going to be, happens so easily, almost like a bloodless (or even if it goes violent – something that doesn’t look like even a distant possibility) coup (yes, it is a coup), it gives dictators wings to go to the next step of their expansionist dreams, irrespective of the ‘geopolitical feasibility’ of that next step.
Crimea is certainly in for Russia. How is it going to shape the Vladimir Putin of the future?
Finding answer to it becomes all the more important by his increasingly visible pro-tyranny, anti-democracy and ant-humanity stand as Russians are experiencing it, as the dying Syrians are witnessing it.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/