The Battle for Eastern Ukraine Intensifies

A good summary from Radio Free Europe and a great analysis from Forbes about the recent takeover of administrative buildings in eastern Ukraine by Pro-Russian separatists:

From Timothy Ash Standard Bank PLC:

What is noticeable is that the demonstrations in Eastern cities are still relatively small scale – a few hundreds or a couple of thousands. However, they appear well organised, and armed, and their advantage seems to be the fact that the authorities in Kyiv are reluctant to use force against them for fear of provoking a counter reaction, even military intervention from Moscow, repeating the scenario from Crimea. They hence have one armed tied behind their back – actually both arms.

 

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