News You Really Need To See: “East Ukraine’s Uneasy Quiet Raises Questions of Who’s Running the Insurgency”

News You Really Need To See: “East Ukraine’s Uneasy Quiet Raises Questions of Who’s Running the Insurgency”

Not What You Might Think

“East Ukraine’s Uneasy Quiet Raises Questions of Who’s Running the Insurgency”

The Associated Press, May 30, 2014

The scruffy rebels who normally wander about the headquarters of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic were mostly out of view on Friday, replaced by a disciplined new faction who showed up a day earlier with an armored personnel carrier and anti-aircraft gun.  The separatists’ so-called prime minister said nothing has changed — but something has clearly shifted in Ukraine’s troubled east.  The balance of power in the region has teetered wildly this week.  After Ukrainians elected Petro Poroshenko as the country’s president and Russia said it would respect the vote, hopes rose for a resolution to the conflict between the central government and the insurgents who want Donetsk to be part of Russia.  But a day later, the rebels launched an exceptionally bold assault, seizing Donetsk’s airport.  Ukraine’s military responded with previously…

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