70 officers of the Ukrainian Navy have been taken peacefully as the standoff continues in Crimea on Wednesday. Ukrainian Navy Chief Sergey Gaiduk was one of those taken while the 70 officers tried to forcibly prevent the armed Russians from entering the headquarters in Sevastopol port of Crimea. One Ukrainian soldier was killed on Tuesday after armed Russians attempted to take over a part of the regional capital of Simferopol. Gaiduk is being questioned by prosecutors on whether or not he gave orders for Ukrainian soldiers to shoot.
As Moscow cheers for the newly established region of Crimea, Kiev has fears. Russia is holding all the cards at this point while the government in Kiev is allowing the takeover of Crimea because nobody wants a bloody conflict like was seen in Georgia in 2008. Annexation is a welcome retreat from full blown war. It’s unlikely that Kiev will advocate war unless the conflict draws the ire of more soldiers killed or Russia attempts to move past the Crimea in its efforts to re-establish the Soviet empire.
Putin’s Russia has become a nation focused on propaganda and pandering to nationalists in order to re-establish his prominence as a leader in the nation. Putin has focused on creating laws that marginalize individuals and his overly ambitious plans to create a Russia with former Soviet states annexed by his military has become an ever-growing concern among U.S. foreign policy leaders.
U.S. foreign policy has been mainly focus on terrorism for the past decade and the oversight with Russian intentions has proved costly to the Obama administration. These foreign policy experts have played into the hands of Russia as the many of the Cold War experts have retired from the intelligence world. According to many Cold War experts Russia is using the same tactics it used back then to acquire it’s goals in pursuit of state expansion. Foreign policy experts must re-evaluate their insights into Russian intentions.