"Russian officials frequently complain that Ukraine is an unpredictable and unreliable partner. This may be a Russian attempt to show to western capitals that it is no puppet-master. Equally, it may be true that there is little Moscow can do. Very few people know what Mr. Putin has been telling Mr. Yanukovich in recent days. But ordering a bloodbath in the middle of the Sochi Olympics—which Mr, Putin had intended as a celebration of modern Russia—cannot possibly have been in his own interest," writes Kathrin Hille in the Financial Times.
"Do you not see the absurdity—not to say the obscenity—of pretending to believe, up to the last minute of the last day of this ruined Olympiad, that there might be two Putins: Putin the Terrible, who earlier this week issued $2 billion to prop up the regime of his valet Viktor Yanukovich, the Ukrainian president who then unleashed his forces on the Maidan protesters; and the other Putin, strutting across the stage and through the stands, greeting you with the munificence due those who used to be called the gods of the stadium?" writes Bernard-Henri Lévy in the Wall Street Journal.
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