Despite the recent arrests of five suspects hailing from the Chechen region of southern Russia in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition politician murdered in downtown Moscow on February 28, and the suicide of another suspect following a confrontation with police, commentators, including the United Kingdom’s former ambassador to Russia, have noted that some continue to lay blame at the feet of the Kremlin.
Nearly one year after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the crisis continues to deepen between Russian and Ukrainian forces over control of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian army withdrew last week from the badly damaged Donetsk airport, one of its few remaining strongholds in the contested eastern portion of the country.
Following the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea, the U.S. State Department issued a swift and forceful response:
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) March 26, 2014
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox) March 27, 2014
The White House #saber-rattling has clearly touched a nerve in Moscow. In Crimea yesterday, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted the following “selfie.” Translation: “Crimea is ours, and that’s that.”
Крым наш и basta! pic.twitter.com/KDKIz16SD4