A comments policy

In the last few days, I've received several comments that question deep underlying assumptions about how I conceive of Crimea before and after 2014 how I conceive of Russia's role in the 2014 Ukrainian crisis and the roots of this crisis My policy has been to allow these comments through the moderation process, to uphold …

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If there had been a free and fair referendum, would Crimean residents have voted to secede?

When Crimea will go to Russia, for example, how is it there and who ate our salo... I say, you know, I do not know who ate your salo and when Crimea will join Russia, probably it will never happen. In this post, I'll try to give an answer concerning a question I was asked …

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It is in Vladimir Putin’s interest to ensure there is a lasting ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine

A ceasefire was agreed between Ukraine and separatist forces on 5 September, although it is unclear whether this will hold following shelling in the city of Mariupol and near Donetsk airport on Sunday. Ellie Knott writes on public opinion within Russia toward the conflict. She notes that while Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings have increased during the Ukraine crisis, there is relatively low public support for the annexation of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.