Tag: frozen conflicts

Putin’s Peacemaking in Ukraine is Continuation of His War by Other Means, Portnikov Suggests

October 6, 2015

Staunton, October 4 Clausewicz famously observed that “war is the continuation of politics by other means;” but in the case of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has inverted that definition and is seeking to make peacemaking into another means for continuing the policies behind his war there, according to Ukrainian commentator Vitaly Portnikov. The chief results of […]

Moscow Can’t Afford Having Donbass Become a Frozen Conflict, Felgengauer Says

April 11, 2015

Staunton, April 11 – Moscow can’t afford having the Donbass become a frozen conflict with an unrecognized state like Transnistria or Nagorno-Karabakh: its economy cannot exist independently and its population is far beyond the capacity of the Russian state to subsidize for very long, according to Pavel Felgengauer. The implications of the Moscow military analyst’s […]

A Transdnistria-2 in the Donbass Wouldn’t Be a Russian Victory, Mamontov Says

February 18, 2015

Staunton, February 18 – Vladimir Mamontov, head of the Moscow Speaks radio station, says that the creation of a Transdnistria-like entity in eastern Ukraine “should not be considered a victory” for Russia, a statement that has at least three possible meanings, none of which should be ignored. First of all, Mamontov’s words could be what […]

Suggesting Kyiv Provocation in Transdniestria May Presage a Russian Attack on Ukraine from There

October 8, 2014

Staunton, October 5 – One of the characteristics of Vladimir Putin’s behavior — just as has been the case with other dictators in the past — is that he has often signaled what he intends to do by blaming those he intends to attack for something they have not done and have no intention of […]