May 16, 2014
TEACHING THE KREMLIN A WALESAN:
Workers Seize City in Eastern Ukraine From Separatists (ANDREW E. KRAMER, MAY 15, 2014, NY Times)
Thousands of steelworkers fanned out on Thursday through the city of Mariupol, establishing control over the streets and banishing the pro-Kremlin militants who until recently had seemed to be consolidating their grip on power, dealing a setback to Russia and possibly reversing the momentum in eastern Ukraine.By late Thursday, miners and steelworkers had deployed in at least five cities, including the regional capital, Donetsk. They had not, however, become the dominant force there that they were in Mariupol, the region's second-largest city and the site last week of a bloody confrontation between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militants.The Vladivostok warship, one of two ships ordered by the Russian Army, in France last week.France's Sale of 2 Ships to Russians Is Ill-Advised, U.S. WarnsMAY 14, 2014While it was still far too early to say the tide had turned in eastern Ukraine, the day's events were a blow to separatists who recently seized control here and in a dozen or so other cities and who held a referendum on independence on Sunday.
Posted by Orrin Judd at May 16, 2014 6:56 PM