Ukraine began military drills as Russian forces tightened their hold on the Crimean peninsula and the Foreign Ministry in Moscow warned of “lawlessness” in the former Soviet republic’s eastern provinces.
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was lost from radar on Friday night (here)/Saturday morning (there) with 239 on board, and the pace of the investigation hold an eeriness reminiscent of the crash of Air France Flight 447, which similarly vanished on its way to Paris from Rio de Janeiro in 2009. The public’s ability to digest and mourn air tragedies are typically aided by the usual evidence -- the (horrible) images we get when they happen in plain sight. In this case, as was initially the case with Flight 447, our default visceral reaction feels suspended. There’s nothing to see. The scant clues are ominous, most notably the discovery that two tickets were bought together with stolen passports. Now authorities say as many as four travelers’ identities may be suspect, and they have been unable to retrieve the
Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing no signs of heeding Western calls to ease the standoff in Crimea, where pro-Kremlin forces stepped up their takeover of the Ukrainian region preparing for a separatist referendum.