Up until 2010, the Ukraine was turning pro-Western under the Orangist government of Viktor Yushchenko from 2005-2010. At the beginning of 2010, it almost appeared to be a certainty that the Ukraine would become an associate member of the European Union. However, Putin led Russia to an unprecedented post cold war economic and military revival. Under heavy Russian influence, this trend was reversed when pro-Russian leader, Victor Yanukovych, assumed the reigns of Ukrainian power in 2010. And now, as the world is witnessing, the modern trend of favoring Russia, is not universally embraced in the Ukraine. As a consequence, the Ukraine remains politically and socially divided between pro-Russian and subsequent pro-Western elements. Therefore, the Ukraine also remains an important tool of influence for both sides. The implications of who controls the Ukraine are staggering.
With the Yankuovych government fleeing to the safe haven of Russia in the midst of Ukrainian civil unrest, has brought the importance of the Ukraine to the center stage of the world’s political scene.
Celente: Putin, Ukraine, World War III and Einstein's Warning ~ link ~ Celente: “When you read the headlines, ‘Putin Puts Forces On Alert,’ you should take them seriously. As I see it, this is just one more intervention by the United States and the European Union into a country and destabilizing it with ‘no exit strategy.’....
Russia confirms troop move in Ukraine's Crimea ~ link
UN Security Council holds 'private meeting' on Ukraine - with video ~ link ~ Officials said the meeting took place on Friday at the request of Ukraine's UN Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, who wrote to Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite. Lithuania holds the council's rotating presidency.
Representatives of the 15-nation council attended the meeting held behind closed doors to listen to a briefing from Ukraine's ambassador and UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.
Obama warns Russia on Ukraine ~ link ~ It's sad to see your nation as 'the heavy'. Stirling
Ukraine's Acting President dismisses Chief of General Staff ~ link ~ Acting President of Ukraine Alexander Turchynov dismissed Yuri Ilyin from the post of the Chief of General Staff of Ukraine, the press office of the interim head of state reports. The reason for the dismissal was not specified.
Ilyin was appointed the head of the General Staff on February 19, succeeding Vladimir Zaman on the post. Zaman's refusal to involve the army to disperse protesters was called a reason for the decision. Ilyin allegedly began preparing the operation.
On February 27, Yuri Ilyin arrived in the Crimea, where he held talks with the mayor elected by the people of Sevastopol, Alexey Chaly. According to news reports, Ilyin was hospitalized with a heart attack after the talks.