1. Presumably, if Putin aspires to be a latter-day czar, he would prefer to follow in the footsteps of one of the “great” ones — Peter I (1682-1725) and Catherine II (1762-1796) — or even the formidable Ivan the Terrible (1547-1584).
     


  2. 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
     


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


  4. The worst-case scenario is incredibly unlikely. It is also too terrible to be ignored.

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  6. 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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  8. War games are fun until somebody gets hurt

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  11. "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

     


  12. Much of the world now sees Putin for what he is: a semi-delusional autocrat who views the disillusion of the Soviet Union as one of the greatest tragedies in the late 20th century and has confused his own geo-political propaganda for reality. Who would be fooled by this guy’s bull sh*t?
     

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