WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada votes in closed-door session, endorses resolution expressing “complete solidarity” with armed forces, decision to place military on “full combat alert”; appointed March 1, new head of Ukraine Navy promptly defects to Crimea’s pro-Russia rebel government; Kiev losing grip over eastern Ukraine: Donetsk City Council proclaims itself sole authority in city with 48% ethnic Russian population; Moscow Times editorial: Putin will seize Donetsk, Kharkiv
March 2, 2014
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You don’t understand, George, that Ukraine is not even a state. What is Ukraine? Part of its territories is Eastern Europe, but the greater part is a gift from us.
— Vladimir Putin, conversation with US President George W. Bush, April 2008
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