West stumbles into an abyss of indecision over Ukraine

Ukrainian protesters call for a halt to the fighting outside the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine (photo:dpa)
Ukrainian protesters call for a halt to the fighting outside the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine (photo:dpa)

Ukraine warns of a 'Great War' with Russia. President Vladimir Putin highlights the federation’s nuclear capabilities. Nato plans a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to eastern Europe. But Ukraine troops fight on alone. Despite talks of a ceasefire, a major war looms large. The cost to the world of missed opportunities for dialogue between Russia and the West will be substantial.

‘WE DON'T have a strategy yet,’ said US President Barack Obama on August 28, 2014. He was replying to questions about potential US air strikes against ISIS in Syria.

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But he could well have been responding to questions about Ukraine, about G...

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