June 9, 2014
Kiev's War on Separatism Is Backfiring
David Blair, Daily Telegraph
The Associated Press
In fairness to Ukraine’s leaders, they were restrained enough not to fight for Crimea – and no one could reasonably expect them to sit back and watch Donetsk and Luhansk slip out of their hands. Together, these two regions have 15 per cent of the country’s population and 80 per cent of its coal reserves. The problem is not Ukraine’s willingness to fight the rebellion, but the clumsy and heavy-handed way in which it is being done.