Russia’s Mediterranean call: from Kerch to Palmyra, but without Constantinople?
How the Russian authorities are justifying the military’s pivot to the south east.
Putin, Crimea and the legitimacy trap
The Kremlin sees events in Ukraine through the prism of its own domestic politics and is anxious to prevent the type of democrats-and-nationalists alliance that brought down Yanukovych. Its actions in Crimea may be shoring up its nationalist credentials at home but the fall-out could be more dangerous than they anticipate.