1. Putin warns the West: “It’s best not to mess with us.”

    Just hours after asking pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a very different tone

     

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  4. Vladimir Putin shows off decidedly mediocre hockey skills

    Hey, at least this time he wasn’t trying to put his hockey helmet on backward.

     

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  6. To be sure, a national government’s primary responsibility is to serve the interests of its own people. And national interests — say, in security and material prosperity — can be morally legitimate. But the pursuit of those interests to the exclusion of all other considerations would amount to the kind of ruthless nationalist realpolitik that Vladimir Putin is now playing so successfully.
    — Nigel Biggar, in Yes, war can be just
     


  7. The official word from Moscow is, Putin doesn’t give a sh*t.
     


  8. This week I learned: there was a ‘Like’ button way before Facebook, that mathematical profile-based “science” of online dating actually started in India in 1500 BC, and Vladimir Putin has a (very fitting) favorite Beatles song.

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  10. Ukraine has been part of Russia on and off for centuries. Why does Russia feel justified in interfering in its affairs?

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  12. (STEVE SACK Copyright 2014 Cagle Cartoons)

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  13. "The epithet "fascist" holds special meaning in Russia, whose Soviet army lost some 8.7 million soldiers and many millions more civilians in the war against Nazi Germany. But evoking the specter of Adolf Hitler is not particularly helpful in determining what Putin means exactly and whether there’s any truth to his claim."

    — Peter Weber, in No, Ukraine is not being run by fascists