Russian evolution

Understanding this context is key to making sense of President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine in February this year.

Crimean echo

The apparent use of covert forces behind enemy lines underscored what they call the “inventiveness” of Ukraine’s forces.

Flare-up in Crimea

Such strained assertions were contradicted by videos from the scene and by a tally of the damage by officials in Crimea, a strategic peninsula in Ukraine.

Problem with Realism

Russia, and only Russia, is painted in the Western media as the villain. In the vaunted liberal rules-based international system, based on US rules, there curiously is no law against merciless provocation, only against responding to provocation.