An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine began to unravel Sunday (21 April), with pro-Moscow gunmen showing no sign of surrendering seized government buildings
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday accused Kiev of violating the Geneva agreement on de-escalation in Ukraine. US Vice President Joe Biden wants to up the pressure on Moscow today, Tuesday, in Kiev. Some commentators accuse the US of taking half-hearted measures. Others call on the West to help Ukraine implement the roadmap for peace.
Top News: Vice President Joe Biden urgedRussia to refrain from further “provocative behavior” during a joint press conference in Kiev with interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Biden pushed Moscow to cease its alleged support for pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine
Many commentators, including myself, have argued for a long time that the disastrous handling of the European crisis has opened the door to a toxic debate about ?us? and ?them? within the Union as well as a general re-nationalisation tendency in European politics. In the current European election campaign you can see a visualisation of what this actually means. This is a current campaign poster of UKIP in Great Britain (via BBC Radio 4 Today on Twitter):
The anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has started its campaign for the EU elections with posters slammed by opponents as ?racist?, fear-mongering and inaccurate
open Democracy News Analysis – by John Siadhail
Fascist protests on the streets are a growing sign of the dark forces emerging from capital’s post-08 sterility.
US releases photo ‘evidence’ of Russian troops in Ukraine
The US State Department on Monday released images — provided by Ukraine — which it says proves armed separatists in eastern Ukraine are actually Russian military or intelligence officers