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The Daily Vertical: Back To The Ukraine Front

The Daily Vertical: Back To The Ukraine Fronti
March 16, 2016
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.
By Brian Whitmore

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. 

A transcript of today's Daily Vertical can be found here.

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by: Mykola Banderachuk from: Toronto
March 16, 2016 12:55
Another spot on analysis by Brian. This latest Russian tactic indicates that the Russians are hurting and are weak. Having said that, the time to forgive and forget Russia should not happen. Sanctions, international isolation and financial and military help for Ukraine should increase dramatically and swiftly, Russia is on the ropes and should be punished even more.
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by: Bo from: Czech Kingdom
March 17, 2016 13:52
Agree wholeheartedly.

I hear Kerry will travel to Moscow. Wrong move! There is no cooperation possible with a mafia backstabbers representing Russian state.

by: Anonymous
March 16, 2016 14:14
The Assad regime stopped a pipeline from Qatar to Europe. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been supporting the insurgence in Syria against the Syrian regime. The pipeline would have ended Russia energy leverage over Europe.

Russia went in and crushed Assad's opponents, stabilized the regime and protects the Syrian air space today with the S-400 system.

Russia will end Ukraine as a transit nation for Russian gas to Europe and instead connect straight to Germany through the North Stream.

The war Syria serves Russian interest of stopping a pipeline to Europe.
The war in Ukraine serves the interest of connecting straight with Germany.

by: Parth Desai
March 17, 2016 17:42
The crisis in Ukraine is a textbook case of clash of egos on the global stage. The US has been keen to expand its influence over Eastern Europe since the end of the cold war. Therefore, the pathetic demonisation of Putin and Russia in general plays into the American narrative. Anyone with even a hint of pro-Russian leaning is denounced as a propagandist. (Not that Russia is perfect. Believe me they have a shitload of problems. While Putin is not the angel portrayed by the Russian state media, he certainly is not the demon that the West abhors.) For Russia, the global hegemony, so called, of the USA, was too much and hence a line had to be drawn somewhere. Hence the crisis in Ukraine is a way of forcing the west to thing about its interests at large.

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