Whilst a foolish member of the Labour-run Aberdeen Council proposes to ‘ban’ Alex Salmond and his government ministers from council estates and all council property, tensions are running high in Crimea.
It seems part of the problem is identity. Russia and Ukrainian forces have always worked together in Crimea as part of the deal worked out when Ukraine got independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. All over Crimea people are being forced to choose their identity - Crimean, Russian or Ukrainian.
Who would have thought that more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union these issues of identity and power would reassert themselves so dangerously?
I confess I understand little about Putin’s reasons for his behaviour, other than what I’ve read in the oft-inaccurate press, but some bloggers and commentators have attempted to give their opinions. Craig Murray offers a little history and James Delingpole wonders ‘Why are people so hot for war with Putin?’
Perhaps the image below is one reason and the Washington Post has its take on it too.
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