There is no doubt that President Vladimir Putin is feeling that he is in control of the situation within Ukraine. There is no doubt that Separatists feel triumphant–for the moment. Ukrainian forces just withdrew from the city of Debaltseve and Separatists have entered the town. Of course, this is a violation of the CEASE FIRE agreement that Putin signed last week. But, then again, when Vladimir Putin signs any agreement, he alone decides as to its meaning. For the moment, Ukrainian separatists are celebrating in the streets. But, what of the long term?
1. Separatists in Ukraine have now allied with a nation whose economy is undergoing severe strain.
2. Ukraine, in the long run, will become a member of the European Union and its economy will eventually bounce back.
3. People in Separatist areas are condemned to live with a corrupt government that lacks a post industrial base. This means Russia and its friends in the Ukraine are doomed to an ever decreasing economy and growing unemployment.
Sorry, Separatists, Vladimir Putin does NOT posses enough money, and he cannot assist those in the Ukraine to develop a successful economy. Fire your rifles in the air–today, tomorrow will mean financial struggles for those in this once “happy land.”