The Daily Populous

Monday May 2nd, 2022 morning edition

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With the collapse of the USSR at the end of the Cold War, Ukraine secured its independence.

Finally, it seems most unlikely that Putin and his advisors anticipated a protracted conflict when they launched the attack on Ukraine.

The presence of Russians, allegedly as a threatened minority in Ukraine (and in the Baltic States and Transnistria), violates his perception of Russian national honor.

Insofar as Ukraine exports grain and other bulky commodities by sea to the wider world, cutting Ukraine off from the Baltic Sea would render its economy dependent on Russia.

Horrifyingly, Russian perceptions of honor, interest, and fear all drive Putin toward controlling, incorporating, or destroying Ukraine.

Perhaps if Ukraine had joined NATO when Russia was weakened in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the Baltic States did, the Ukraine war might have been averted.

With a new Cold War in the offing, Ukraine is caught in the crosshairs. »

Disney’s Special District Tells Ron DeSantis to Cough Up $1 Billion or STFU

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Which is a pretty wild thing for a governor to do, particularly one from a party that talks a big game about “cutting taxes” and “free speech.”

In other words, DeSantis’s attempt to dissolve the district is illegal unless he coughs up $1 billion first and because of that, Reedy Creek told bondholders, it’s not going anywhere.

“If Disney wants to pick a fight, they chose the wrong guy,” DeSantis wrote in a fundraising email to supporters on Wednesday last week. »

Denmark says Russia plane breached airspace

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The Danish government said on Sunday it had summoned Russia’s ambassador after a Russian spy plane violated its airspace.

The plane entered Danish airspace on Friday evening east of the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm before flying into Swedish airspace, the government said.

“It was a reconnaissance plane that was in our airspace for a very brief moment. »