Pro-Russian separatists seize back the city hall in the southern Ukrainian port of Mariupol, hours after being ousted by security forces.
Again, this is not something that Russia has completely agitated for. The West's failure to appreciate and accept this is fundamental to it and Ukraine's failure in keeping the country together.
What is so onerous about letting Russian Ukrainians serve in government while limiting the role of the ultra-nationalists is beyond me. Unfortunately, it's probably too late to do anything about it in order to resolve this situation positively. The elections aren't going to solve anything or be accepted in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Military "conquest" won't yield anything either.
If I were Ukraine, I would welcome Russians into goverment immediately, reign in on the ultra-nationalists and deploy troops to defend the eastern borders with Russia, ignoring the protestors except in self-defense. Then, rather than try to compete against Putin's information with your own equally questionable information, I would start a dialogue with the general public, basically to the effect that Ukraine will maintain its territorial integrity, will not accept Russian meddling, yet will be open to forming a unity government with the Russian-Ukrainians. Then follow up the words with actions, to the effect that the Fascists are the ones being put in jail with strict enforcement of a "no harm" policy towards the Russian-Ukrainian people as Ukrainian troops move to the border. No crack-downs against separatists, no grand gestures of power over another.
This is all assuming that it's not actually too late to do anything for it. All of these plans may fail because the Ukrainian government in Kiev failed to do these actions from the beginning. In the end, it's going to take both Russia and the EU to get Ukraine out of its economic mess. It's just a shame that it's gone so horribly wrong for everyone except Vladimir Putin when there was plenty of room for a win-win situation for everybody involved.
And I'm the one who's left on the outside of policy making.
Think about it.