Former Ambassador to Russia Predicts ‘Scary’ and ‘Bloody’ Day in Ukraine

A pro-Russia activist gestures as he guards a barricade outside the regional police building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on Tuesday. Ukrainian officials reportedly are planning counterterrorism operations to take back control of eastern Ukraine. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

A pro-Russia activist gestures as he guards a barricade outside the regional police building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on Tuesday. Ukrainian officials reportedly are planning counterterrorism operations to take back control of eastern Ukraine. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama administration’s former ambassador to Moscow says Tuesday could be a “scary” and “bloody” day in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials reportedly have green-lighted counterterrorism operations in that country’s Donetsk region, which in recent days has been the site of violence and allegations that pro-Russia demonstrators and militants were sent there by Moscow.

The idea among Ukrainian and Western officials and experts is Russian President Vladimir Putin is attempting to create in other parts of eastern Ukraine an allusion that ethnic Russians are under threat, thereby justifying him sending in troops to “protect” them.

Putin and his aides deny such allegations.

Whatever the case, Michael McFaul, until recently the Obama White House’s man in Moscow, said during a Tuesday morning MSNBC appearance that he is very concerned about what might transpire if and when Ukrainian forces clash with the protestors to take back control of the eastern parts of the country.

“I think this is a very scary day,” said McFaul, now a professor at Stanford University.

He said clashes between Ukrainian CT forces and pro-Russia groups could produce “a very bloody moment.”

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
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