This is a perfect moment for the crisis in Ukraine to heat up, and worrying developments are afoot, prompting fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin might be planning an invasion or some other kind of hostile action against Kiev after all.
On Wednesday, Russia's secret police, the FSB, said it had prevented a series of terror attacks in Crimea and that one of its operatives and a Russian soldier were killed in several shootouts with what the FSB says were agents of the Ukrainian defense ministry's intelligence directorate. The FSB didn't elaborate on the foiled attacks, but said it had seized a cache of weapons and explosives and arrested a Ukrainian military intelligence operative named Yevgeny Panov.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 11, 2016
This Is Why Vladimir Putin Is Accusing Ukraine of Terrorism -- Simon Shuster, Time
Stop Demonizing Russia, It's Time for a Thaw -- Tony Brenton, Telegraph
Obama’s failed Syrian strategy -- Konrad Yakabuski, The Globe and Mail
Why Washington Is Worried About a Shifting Rebel Alliance in Aleppo -- Jared Malsin, Time
Erdogan’s meeting with Putin will tell us what the future holds for Syria -- Robert Fisk, The Independent
Why So Many Foreign Fighters Flock to ISIS -- Richard Florida, Defense One
Tough choices ahead as al-Nusra splits from al-Qaeda -- Martin Griffiths, Al Jazeera
Big business needs to step up in the fight against Islamic State -- Ryan B. Greer, Reuters
What’s the matter with Austria? -- Dalia Marin, Brugel
Mystery man hoping to rule Croatia -- Harry Cooper And Andrew Macdowall, Politico
Three Central American countries could form a huge anti-gang force -- Alan Hernández, VICE News
Colombia's Peace Talks Hit a Snag: Analysis -- Stratfor
Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega shows his true colors -- El Pais editorial
Paperwork, rights concerns hold up U.S. aid for Central America -- Patricia Zengerle, Reuters
Today’s Tech Oligarchs Are Worse Than the Robber Barons -- Joel Kotkin, Daily Beast