Keeping the hype up to trigger a full-fledged worldwide conflict around Ukraine, the British establishment’s mouthpiece, the Economist magazine, in an article “The Disappearing Country,” on April 13 says the Kiev authorities have lost their hold on Donbass and a much wider region of eastern Ukraine. In essence, the Economist claims, a part of Ukraine has disappeared. However, “for Russia, this region will not be enough and they will take all of Ukraine,” the article said.
In the United States, the neo-conservative-dominated Wall Streeet Journal, in its article, yesterday, “Ukraine Orders Troops East as Pro-Russian Forces Extend Grip,” claims pro-Russian activists and militants have extended their grip across eastern Ukraine, prompting the Kiev government to mobilize the military to prevent a Russian takeover of Ukraine. The WSJ alleges the U.S. and its allies said some of the well-equipped gunmen who participated in seizing police stations and other buildings in several cities and towns over the weekend, appeared to be Russian special forces in unmarked uniforms. “Such troops moved into Crimea shortly before the region voted to secede from Ukraine and was annexed by Moscow last month,” the article said.
In a recent interview with the Small Wars Journal, A. Wess Mitchell, president of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a U.S. foreign policy institute dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe, said Russia needs to be stopped. “We also have military leverage. Russia would lose any pitched confrontation with NATO. But here too, the Russians have developed an asymmetric strategy, a kind of thrust and pause that involves moving into a territory rapidly with limited objectives and halting abruptly to allow Western divisions to surface in the inevitable post-conflict bickering that plays to Russian strengths of geographic proximity and concentration of force.
“No one wants a shooting war over Crimea. But if Ukraine matters to us strategically, then we should be more willing to use military levers to strengthen the Western diplomatic position. To use the previous analogy of the Straits Crisis, Lord Salisbury sent the British Mediterranean fleet into the Black Sea as a counter-demonstration to Russian aggression in the Balkans We should use Western military power in a similar way as Britain in the Straits Crisis to create a lasting impression of our willingness and ability to confront territorial revisionism in future crises, particularly involving the Baltic States,” he added.