There is an anti-government protest going on in Russia these days. The anti-government protestors and the Ukranian riot police are in a very dangerous clash that could lead to some bloody days in Russia. Anti-government protesters reinforced barricades and braced for a fresh assault by the riot police today, after a day of fierce clashes left at least 25 people dead in Ukraine’s worst violence since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
“Ukrainian riot police charged protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the
West, won its independence more than 22 years ago.”
The European Union said it would consider sanctions against those behind the deadly unrest, as President Yanukovych blamed the opposition for the biggest escalation of violence yet in three months of protests.
US Foreign Affairs has also issued a tough notification against Russian infiltration in Crimea followed by UN’s Ban Ki Moon, while Lavrov defends Russia’s position.
The world is yet to see if the super powers and the United Nations can halt a military advance or even worse, a war. Sanctions have dissuaded Syria and Iran, for example, but Putin’s Russia is a different matter.