Vladimir Putin’s efforts to regain influence in Ukraine after the leader he campaigned for was overthrown will be quiet and less extreme than anything like military action, analysts from Moscow to London said.
As Europe takes the lead in trying to end the bloodshed in the Ukrainian capital, Vladimir Putin is running out of options to shape events in a country that he sees as firmly within Russia’s sphere of influence.
Sochi Olympics head Dmitry Chernyshenko knew three Western horror films when he was a child: “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th” and “Miracle on Ice,” a film about the U.S.’s 4-3 defeat of the Soviet Union men’s hockey team at the 1980 Games.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing his gamesmanship on a global stage by giving his voters what they want with the asylum granted to ex-U.S. contractor Edward Snowden, while leaving the White House flustered.
Opponents of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych blocked state buildings and thousands of demonstrators crowded streets in subzero temperatures to protest his refusal to sign a European Union trade accord.
Russian investigators are said to be near a decision on whether to charge the country’s ex-defense minister amid the biggest anti-graft drive of President Vladimir Putin’s 12 years in power, according to two officials.