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PRO-RUSSIAN PROTESTERS REFUSE GENEVA DEAL
Pro-Russian protesters in Eastern Ukraine have rejected the deal reached yesterday in Geneva, refusing to leave the official buildings they have been occupying over the past week in more than 10 cities, the BBC reports. Alexander Gnezdilov, a spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said that they would only leave the buildings when the “illegal” government in Kiev resigned.

  • This comes after Ukraine’s Interim Foreign Minister Andrey Deshchytsa was quoted by Russian media as saying that “the troops in the East of the country are carrying out a special operation and can remain where they are,” despite yesterday’s agreement to take “concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.” Interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk told Ukraine’s Parliament this morning that he wasn’t placing any “unreasonable” hope in the agreement.

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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.

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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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