'The [Kremlin] 'masterplan' is to destabilize Ukraine further, to prevent Kyiv from consolidating power over the territory of Ukraine, and to distract attention from dealing with painful economic reforms and consolidating the aid package that should come from the West,' says Orysia Lutsevych.
'It does not really matter what Yanukovych says now, he is finished,' said John Lough. 'He can’t return to the country because he is wanted man. There is no way back for him in Ukraine.'
'Very right-wing politicians in Japan have been saying some fairly inflammatory things about it, the Nanjing Massacre didn't happen, and that the comfort women didn't really exist. And so a lot of irritation, so I think this is a way of striking back,' says Kerry Brown.
The struggle for self-determination and human rights has begun in the Middle East and North Africa, but we cannot be sure how the struggle will unfold. All we can be sure about is the direction of desired travel, and the formidable state-based assets, regional and western, seeking to divert or crush these changes, write Kristian Coates Ulrichsen and David Held.
'Picking a fight with donors over (gay) rights both strengthens Museveni's claim to be bravely standing up to neo-imperial pressure, and appeals to a strong current of religious conservatism that can unite people,' said Ben Shepherd.