Ukraine: will it become another Yugoslavia, US-Germany: alliance, poisoned by spies, Eduard Shevardnadze: the warrior of perestroika. These hot issues hosts Sergei Strokan and Julia Lyubovaare discussing at the Voice of Russia's weekly program Red Line.
BEYOND THE HEADLINES
Ukraine: will it become another Yugoslavia
The Ukrainian army onslaught in the eastern regions of the country forced the anti-government militia to fall back to the regional capital Donetsk. They vow to defend the city to the last man. If Ukrainian forces decide to storm Donetsk, the city, with a population of one million. may be razed to the ground, becoming a new Sarajevo.
Borislav Korkodelovich, an independent expert from Belgrade, pointed out that while there are indeed certain similarities between the situation in Donetsk and what happened in Sarajevo, there are also some notable differences.
Dmitry Polikanov, vice president of PIR Center in Moscow, said he believes that Ukrainianmilitary will most likely attempt to besiege Donetsk under siege and try and orchestrate a split in the Donetsk and Lugansk militias' ranks. "Right now, if they [militias] managed to get integrated, they can lead the guerilla warfare against the Ukrainian Army for an endless period of time. But if the Ukrainian politicians manage to organize some sort of a split in their ranks, then it will be much easier to put an end to this rebellion in the east of Ukraine," he said.
Sergei Oznobnischev, director of the Institute for Strategic Assessment and also deputy chairman of the “Russia-USA” Association, noted that one doesn't have to be a military analyst to notice that the self-proclaimed republics' militias are losing ground to the Kiev regime forces.
BETWEEN THE LINES
US-Germany: alliance, poisoned by spies
Less than a year after Edward Snowden’s revelations that American secret services were monitoring phone calls of Chancellor Merkel US-German relations are rocked by a new scandal. German foreign intelligence employee confessed he was working as a double agent for US intelligence. Another German national is also under investigation for spying.
MAN IN THE NEWS
Eduard Shevardnadze: the warrior of perestroika
Ex-president of Georgia, who worked as Soviet Foreign Minister during the time of Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika died in Tbilisi at the age of 86 after a long illness, bravely fought. State Secretary Kerry called him the great leader, who lessened the risk of nuclear war and helped to bring cold war to an end.