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Russian extremists as extreme as Putin

Look at the situation from the Putin-Russian view. The Ukraine government system was not working as well as the Russian government system. Neither these two government systems are working as well as Western government systems, but the Russian system is best among the two. Russia uses that argument as well as a sizeable Russian population in the Ukraine as a basis for wanting to takeover. The Ukraine owes Russia billions and so, in a sense, Russia is foreclosing on the Ukraine. It’s just business.

Agreement but no progress, rebels stand firm in occupation
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Just as in the case of rebels elsewhere in the world, they are not alike. They have different sects and motivations. The Russian-oriented rebels include right wing extremists who are bigoted against Jews, gays, and who knows what else? Does anyone seriously expect that the rebels will respect international diplomats in negotiations any more than they respect the Ukraine temporary government? Even with the Russians at the table as principals in the process, the rebels are extremists who march to their own drum beat. Does Vladimir Putin believe that he can bring them in line, eventually?

The answer is yes, once his autocratic regime is in control of the situation. His forces are on a short leash. They can be used against Ukrainians, or to corral the “New Russians”.

“There was no sign of separatist groups pulling out from their positions at city halls and in town squares, although several said they would hold meetings on Friday to discuss the implications of the Geneva agreement between Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States to de-escalate the crisis.”

The Guardian

“Ukraine: separatists refuse to end occupation despite Geneva agreement

No sign of pro-Russian groups pulling out of city halls and town squares in eastern Ukraine despite deal to defuse crisis

Luke Harding in Khartsyzsk, Julian Borger in Geneva and Alec Luhn in Donetsk, Friday 18 April 2014 05.28 EDT

Pro-Russian groups occupying a string of public buildings across eastern Ukraine have insisted that they would not end their occupation until a referendum to decide the status of the region had taken place."

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