Washington Post: Putin won the war in Ukraine
The indecisiveness of the West and the difficult economic and political situation, which turned out to Kiev, saying that Vladimir Putin
still won "his little war in Ukraine," says a senior adviser to the Pulitzer Center Marvin Kalb. As he wrote in the pages of Washington Post, the Russian president has the same effect as in 2008, when he was able to freeze the conflict with Georgia.
When the Ukrainian crisis has only just begun, the international community has condemned Putin's, but against Russia introduced economic sanctions. Events in Ukraine did not descend from the front pages, but now the war in the east of the country relegated to second place. According to a senior adviser to the Pulitzer Center Marvin Kalb, one of the reasons for this is the stream of other news - from global economic turmoil and the influx of migrants to Europe before the US presidential race. However, according to the author, there is another, equally important reason: Vladimir Putin
still won "his little war in Ukraine."
"Today, Putin is a much greater extent than Western leaders can influence the course of economic, political and diplomatic events in Ukraine and, if necessary, and to manage them," - Washington Post konstatitruet
As the author continues Washington Post, the Russian president understands that Ukraine is weak in terms of economic and political instability, but most importantly, Putin sees that neither Europe nor the US will fight for Ukraine. This, according to Marvin Kalb, allowed Putin slowly but surely freeze the conflict, as it was in 2008 with Georgia.
Although Kiev and earned a democratic European future, concludes the author, the West can not provide it. Ukraine will always have a common border with Russia, as well as a common culture, language and religion. Ukraine uncomfortable and anxious to be in "the Russian near abroad", but the Russian is the dominant force in Eastern Europe, and no real resolution of the current crisis will not be as long as Russia and Ukraine did not work out between themselves mutually interim agreement.
"Putin allow the existence of independent Ukraine, if it will set up a friendly against the national interests of Russia. Ukraine squirming in his iron embrace, and he believes that his opponents in the West are weak, fragmented, immoral, and in the circumstances can go with him to a deal that will satisfy him, "- concludes Marvin Kalb.