This meetup was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 11. However, it is being postponed until May 18 due to Mother's Day. Also, our regular venue is shutting down so we are looking for a new spot for our monthly meetups. Details forthcoming.
In February 2014, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich was ousted from office after there were mass protests against his attempts to strengthen ties with Russia. An interim government was installed. Although the majority of the international community recognizes the interim government, Russian President Vladimir Putin does not. By the end of February, Russian forces began taking control of the Crimean Peninsula, which is in the southeastern region of Ukraine, and has a population that is predominantly Russian.
In March 2014, Crimeans voted to become incorporated into Russia. However, the majority of the international community claims that the vote was illegitimate. Economic sanctions have been imposed on Russia for it’s unlawful annexation of Crimea. Elections have been scheduled to decide whether Crimea will remain part of the Ukraine, or whether it will become a part of Russia. Ultimately, with no resolution, some fear a civil war in Ukraine, as pro-Russian Crimeans fight to secede from Ukraine.
Join us as we discuss the possible outcomes of the Crimean Crisis.
All views and political orientations are welcome.
We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn.
If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.
Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.
Below are some articles with information/opinions related to the Crimean Crisis.
Some background on the crisis
More background on the crisis
Article recommending international non-intervention, i.e. let Ukraine independently figure it out
Ukraine holds talks to end crisis, rebels not invited
Despite Concerns about Governance, Ukrainians Want to Remain One Country
Putin Not Scared of Economic Sanctions
Ukraine Vote on Separation Held in Chaos
Surveys show most Ukrainians want to remain united
Should Ukraine Federalize/Decentralize?