I had to put down my copy of Lee Lovett’s Peak House this morning when I heard the news coming out of Ukraine.
About 1,000 people in Ukraine have died in fighting between Russian supported rebels and the Ukrainian government and pro-Ukrainian soldiers since the cease fire was entered into about eight weeks ago on September 5. The United States and United Nations as well as the Ukrainian government have criticized continued Russian support for the rebel groups who, in an election, voted for eastern Ukraine to succeed from Ukraine. Unlike in the Crimea, Russia did not immediately seize eastern Ukraine after the vote.
The cities of Donetsk and Luhansk are particularly hard hit by fighting with what has been cited as a “total breakdown of law and order”. Russia denies allegations of causing the violence in these areas by supplying rebel groups with military aid, despite both visual and physical evidence that they have done so. Russia explained that this evidence represents Russian volunteers who are unconnected to the Russian government causing this violence.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk discussed the violence as an incitement by Russia to cause a large scale war that would lead to Russia being able to seize additional land from Ukraine. However, Ukraine has been accused of human rights violations of their own.
Other nations that were formerly part of the Soviet Union were also critical of Russia. President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania mentioned on a radio broadcast that Russia was a terrorist state that was causing fear and damage to its neighbors and appropriate action should be taken by the UN to deter these actions.