Crisis in Ukraine - March 17, 2014

Commentary | March 17, 2014

EWI offers a daily situation report on Ukraine's unfolding crisis, featuring key developments and links to analytical pieces from foreign policy experts around the world. 


Key Developments

  • On Saturday, March 15, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have declared the Crimean referendum illegal.  Aside from China’s abstention, all the other members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution.
  • After condemning the referendum, both the U.S. and the EU have imposed sanctions, including travel bans and assets freezes, on Russian and Ukrainian leaders over Crimea’s move to join Russia.  Both the U.S. and the EU have warned that further sanctions may be imposed if the crisis remains unresolved.
  • President Obama has issued an executive order targeting 11 individuals – seven Russians and four Ukrainians – including Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Putin aides, Vladislav Surkov and Sergei Glazyev, Valentina Matviyenko, the head of the upper house of the Russian parliament, and Vladimir Konstantinov, the head of the Crimean parliament.  The executive order goes on to label Aksyonov and Konstantinov as separatists.


Government Statements

The White House, Fact Sheet: Ukraine-Related Sanctions,” March 17, 2014

The White House, Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin,” March 16, 2014

Jay Carney, “Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine,” The White House, March 16, 2014


Analytical Pieces

Dmitri Trenin, “Crimea’s Choice,” The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – Eurasia Outlook, March 17, 2014

Sergei Aleksashenko, “The Day After: Is It Technically Difficult to Annex Crimea?,” The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – Eurasia Outlook, March 17, 2014

Mike Callaghan, “Is the IMF a political football in the Ukraine crisis?,” The Interpreter, March 17, 2014

Council on Foreign Relations, Interview of John B. Bellinger III: Why the Crimean Referendum is Illegitimate,” March 16, 2014

Paul Pillar, “Ukraine and the Zero-Sum Impulse,” The National Interest, March 16, 2014

Thomas L. Friedman, “The Three Faces of President Obama,” The New York Times, March 16, 2014

Graham Allison, “A ‘Belgian Solution’ for Ukraine?,” The National Interest, March 15, 2014

Colum Lynch, “Russia Vetoes Last-Ditch U.N. Effort to Prevent Crimea Annexation,” The Cable- Foreign Policy, March 15, 2014

Andrew S. Bowen, “Chicken Kiev: Will Russia risk an all-out invasion of Ukraine?,” Foreign Policy, March 15, 2014

Peter Liberman and Julie A. George, “Will Conquest Pay?: In Crimea, Russia Might Come Out Ahead,” Foreign Affairs, March 14, 2014

John McCain, “Obama Has Made America Look Weak,” The New York Times, March 14, 2014

Taras Kuzio, “Farewell, Crimea: Why Ukrainians Don’t Mind Losing the Territory to Russia,” Foreign Affairs, March 13, 2014

Fareed Zakaria, “Why (this time) Obama Must Lead,” The Washington Post, March 13, 2014