Latest Developments and Overview of Situation Regarding Ukraine
(1) Julia Smirvova, “Die Angst vor der Eskalation in der Ostukraine,” Die Welt, 14. November 2014.(Aktualisiert um 9:54 Uhr)
Kämpfer in Uniform strömen über die russische Grenze in die Ostukraine, die Separatisten rücken vor. Russland nennt das “propagandistische Fälschung”. Merkel zeigt sich sehr besorgt.
(2) “Vor dem G20-Gipfel: Nato-Chef greift Putin scharf an,” Der Spiegel, 14. November 2014 (7:09 Uhr).
Die Waffenruhe in der Ostukraine ist gebrochen. Der Westen gibt Russlands Präsidenten die Schuld – überraschend geht Nato-Generalsekretär Stoltenberg jetzt Putin persönlich an. Beim G20-Gipfel wird Kanzlerin Merkel wohl wieder eine Schlüsselrolle zukommen.
(3) “Go for Putin!”, The Trenchant Observer, November 13, 2014.
(4) “Merkel points to needed approach toward Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, October 19, 2014. The text follows:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a striking photograph showing her pointing sharply at Vladimir Putin, has offered a powerful symbol of the attitude the West and other civilized countries should adopt toward the Russian dictator:
–Call him out for his aggression in the Crimea and the eastern Ukraine, at every meeting, and every time he speaks.
–Earnestly rebut every argument Putin and his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, make to justify their seizure and annexation of the Crimea, and their invasion of the eastern Ukraine.
–Don’t let Putin and Russia forget, not even for a moment, that none of their arguments and lies have any persuasive power, given the lies they have told and the ongoing Russian aggression against the Ukraine—in open and flagrant violation of the prohibition of the threat or use of force contained in Article 2 paragraph 4 of the U.N. Charter and mandatory or peremptory international law (jus cogens)
–Be as relentless as Putin and Lavrov and any other Russian official or propaganda mouthpiece in defending the most basic values of the civilized nations of the world, embodied in the U.N. Charter’s fundamental principles and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
–Follow Winston Churchill’s advice to the graduating class at his high school after World War II: “Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”
See the photograph of Merkel pointing at Putin, and the context, in the article below:
LAURENCE NORMAN and GIOVANNI LEGORANO in Milan and JAMES MARSON in Moscow, “Leaders Make Little Progress in Ukraine Crisis Talks; Merkel, Putin Spar Over Crimea in ‘Terse’ Exchange,” Wall Street Journal, Updated Oct. 17, 2014(2:37 p.m. ET).
The Trenchant Observer