July 28, 2014

Blaming EU over Ukraine Easy, but Misguided

Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

The Associated Press

The shooting down of MH17 has restored Ukraine to the front pages and reopened with ferocity arguments about who are the good and bad guys in this brutal conflict. The blame game is back on, not least about responsibility for the attack, but also arguments about whether and, if so, how the protagonists are merely ciphers in the Big Game played out by the great powers.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, MH17, Ukraine, Europe, European Union, EU


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