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CALL FOR PEACEKEEPERS RANKLES RUSSIA
Russia reacted strongly to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s call yesterday for UN peacekeepers to be deployed in eastern Ukraine. Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said it “raises suspicions that he wants to destroy the Minsk accords,” the BBC reports. Pro-Russian rebels encircling the town of Debaltseve had refused to lay down their weapons despite the ceasefire that officially began Sunday, claiming the town was their own territory.

  • According to French President Francois Hollande’s office, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France talked on the phone earlier today, during which both Poroshenko and Putin denounced the ceasefire breach and called for full implementation of the Minsk agreement.

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OBAMA VS. EXTREMISM
During a counter-extremism summit in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama urged more than 60 countries to join the fight against violent extremism and terrorist groups such as ISIS. “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam,” he said, adding that it was crucial “to confront squarely and honestly the twisted ideologies” that target young people, The New York Times reports. This came amid claims that ISIS is harvesting organs from slain civilians for money. The United Nations said it would launch an investigation.

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Geopolitics

Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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