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Can UN Peacekeepers Bring Ukraine Peace?
By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
Call by Ukraine President Poroshenko for UN Peacekeepers to monitor the new ceasefire in the East testifies to his commitment, his desperation, or both.

Crisis in Ukraine, Syria Top Agenda at a Meeting between Ban & Russia's Putin

With deteriorating climate facing media, abductions, targeted killings, disappearances, religious discrimination of Crimean Tartars & other minorities, halting opoioid substitution therapy for HIV/AIDS population in Crimea & Eastern Ukraine, dialogue with Putin in China was critical as Ukraine, Syria, & climate change challenges were discussed.

Putin Recognizes Crimea Secession, Defying the West

From 18 March NY Times: Moscow remains undaunted by Western pressure in clash of wills that created the most profound rift in East-West relations since end of Cold War, & threatens redrawn borders established by breakup of Soviet Union in 1991.

Might Putin Face International Criminal Court by Annexing Crimea? By, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The potential of ICC prosecution of Vladimir Putin, even if small, may be the most effective deterrent for further territorial ambitions including Central Asia, the Caucuses, as well as Europe.

Armed Men in Crimea Threaten UN Envoy: Ban Dispatches Human Rights Official to Ukraine

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, in Kiev, stressed the UN Charter principles of Unity, Sovereignty, & Territorial Integrity.

As Putin Orders Drills in Crimea, Protesters' Clash Shows Region's Divide

In a sign of heightened tension, road blocks flying Russian flags appeared Wednesday on main thoroughfares leading to Sevastopol, a Crimean city dominated economically & politically by headquarters of Black Sea Fleet.

An Unfinished Ukraine Palace & a Fugitive Leader's Folly

Situation heats up for Ukraine & western sympathizers as Putin prepares military exercises to test battle-readiness, while in Kiev protesters & new cabinet members agree on need for a government to secure IMF loans. Meanwhile, Yanukovych mansion in a “protected forest” is a frozen construction project as workers vacate fearing not to be paid.