Is Ukraine About to Launch an All-Out Offensive on Rebel Donbass? (Audio Podcast)

If so, the risk grows of provoking a US–Russian war in Ukraine

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Still has plenty of hardware - question is morale

This article originally appeared at The Nation


John Batchelor has an extremely popular political talk show on America’s largest radio network, WABC.  

He has Stephen Cohen on live in the studio almost every week for a full 45 minute segment, the only guest he gives that much time to.

Why?  Because Cohen’s appearances are killing the ratings.  

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America seems to be thirsting for an alternative and critical view of Obama’s Russia policy.

See below for a summary of this program.

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the Ukrainian crisis and new US-Russian Cold War.

Heading this installment are mounting signs that Kiev may be planning a renewed military assault on the rebel strongholds of Donetsk, Lugansk, and other Donbass areas.

If so, Cohen points out, this raises two large questions. Since Kiev alone cannot hope for a military victory and would likely suffer a crushing defeat, is it counting on US/NATO support.

And if such support is forthcoming, will Russian President Putin have any choice except to send in his own forces, resulting in war between the United States and Russia?

Other topics discussed are the faltering status of the Minsk agreement for a negotiated settlement of the Ukrainian civil war; Putin’s visit to the annexed peninsula of Crimea; and recent episodes of neo-McCarthyism in mainstream American political discourse, one directed against Senator Bernie Sanders, the other against Representative John Conyers.

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