Europe’s Russian Nightmare Is Starting To Come True
MAY 12, 2014
“The pluralist revolution in Ukraine came as a shocking defeat to Moscow, and Moscow has delivered in return an assault on European history.” —Timothy Snyder in The New Republic
As Russia covertly invaded the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March, Janusz Bugajski of the Center for Strategic and International Studies explained Europe’s perspective:
“There’s a palpable fear throughout Eastern Europe that the Russian government no longer respects the borders of Europe, the map of Europe, that it will unilaterally change the borders of its neighbors on the pretext whether of defending minority rights, restoring law and order, or whatever it is, in order to try to expand its influence and expand its control over parts of territories of neighboring countries,” he told PBS Newshour.
Two months later, that’s exactly what’s happening in eastern Ukraine. Two regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, used slipshod referendums on Sunday to secede from Ukraine. Rebel leaders in both regions want to join Russia. And Russian troops remain at the border.