[Marxism] Fwd: Ukraine’s breakaway region is becoming a de facto country - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 19 08:47:00 MDT 2014

Regardless of the balance of bad behavior in the Ukrainian conflict, the 
central government has committed a singular act: It is the only party to 
the conflict that can be said to have used heavy weaponry against its 
own citizens. That fact will now be repeated in the emerging narrative 
of Novorossiya’s struggle for survival — just as it has been for the 
better part of a generation in Transnistria, Abkhazia, and elsewhere.

Fourth, no external power besides Russia has an incentive for deep 
involvement beyond helping to stop the fighting. Ukraine has actually 
fallen into precisely the trap that Moldova, Georgia, and Azerbaijan 
stumbled into in the early 1990s. The Kiev government chose to use force 
against a secessionist threat, but it had neither the resolve nor the 
capacity to overcome it on the battlefield. The result has been 
increasing pressure from the international community to agree to a 
cease-fire, which has now held (with serious violations) for more than a 


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