Posted on | February 23, 2014 | 8 Comments
Who is Vitali Klitschko? As a result of his having lived in Germany and having a sports medicine related doctorate, it turns out Mrs. Other Smitty has actually had a conversation with the fellow. Talk about a small world. Given that Vladimir Putin has a black belt, I’d nominate Klitschko to go a few rounds with Vlad. Can’t think of any other world leaders who’d not leave the ring in a body bag. Vitali promises to be an interesting figure to watch.
Tymoshenko, the long-jailed blond-braided heroine of Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, left imprisonment on Saturday after the Ukrainian parliament voted to decriminalize the charge on which she was convicted.
She increasingly appears to have the upper hand in the political battle as to who will be the next leader of Ukraine, winning the backing Sunday of a leading Russian lawmaker and congratulations from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. senators on her release.
Tymoshenko’s name circulated Sunday as a possibility for acting prime minister pending May 25 presidential elections, but she issued a statement via her party Sunday asking her supporters not to nominate her for the position.
She may want to focus her energies instead on campaigning for president and building up strength after her imprisonment. She spoke to an excited crowd of about 50,000 in Kiev’s Independence Square Saturday night from a wheelchair because of a back problem aggravated during imprisonment, her voice cracked and her face careworn.
And the Crimea has come out in favor of Russia, an unsurprising move:
Crimea, the only chunk of Ukraine where the revolution has failed to take hold. Connected to the mainland by two narrow passes, this huge peninsula on the Black Sea has long been a land apart, an island of Russian nationalism in a nation drifting toward Europe. One of its biggest cities, Sevastopol, is home to a Russian naval base that houses around 25,000 troops, and most Crimean residents identify themselves as Russians, not Ukrainians.
If five years of U.S. foreign policy implosion is any indicator, we can expect #OccupyResoluteDesk to offer the same vigorous backing to the Ukrainians that was afforded the Green Revolution in Iran. If the no-talent rodeo clown ever met a strongman he didn’t like, I’m unaware of it.
Two months into the 100-year anniversary of WWI, we’ve got unrest in Ukraine, Venezuela, and Thailand. Pray for peace.
Finally, via Twitchy:
Thank you all for your letters of condolence, but no, I was not just ousted as President of Ukraine. Some other guy.
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) February 22, 2014