Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Confronting Russia Ukraine Atrocity Needs Stout Response Short of War

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Confronting Russia Ukraine Atrocity Needs Stout Response Short of War

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Ever since Russian President Vladmir Putin annexed Crimea in March, Russia has armed rebels in eastern Ukraine in order to destabilize the newly elected central government in Kiev. But that insurgency erupted into an international incident last week when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, likely by a surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia to the rebels.

Rather than acknowledge that his experiment in expansionism had gone awry, Mr. Putin and the Russian media denied any involvement, blaming the Ukrainian army and even the West for the tragedy. Mr. Putin's propagandists may spin or deny the facts as much as they want, but it is clear that Russia should drop its ill-considered campaign to punish the Ukrainian people for ousting their previous corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovych.

Australia, which lost 27 citizens on the flight, announced that it would send 50 police officers backed up by 150 soldiers to secure the crime scene. And recent reports indicate that Russian troops have begun artillery shelling of Ukraine from across the border, raising the specter of a widening European conflict. …

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