Russia wants to keep Ukraine off United Nations radar

September 22, 2014 10:18 AM

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Russia wants to keep Ukraine off United Nations radar

UNITED NATIONS: As world leaders gather at the UN this week, the US and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That's likely just fine with Vladimir Putin, since these issues distract from Russia's presence in neighboring Ukraine.

While attention focuses elsewhere, the Russians are consolidating their annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. They are also deeply involved in turmoil in Ukraine's east and south, hoping to prevent the country from moving out of the Kremlin's orbit. Europe and the United States insist the independent...

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