Saturday, March 14, 2015
Wednesday was the 25th anniversary of the 1990 declaration of a (re)independent Lithuania--but it was an anniversary under the cloud of continued strife in and around the Ukraine.
In the last few weeks we've seen the odd theater of the Minsk cease-fire conference (and its bloody aftermath); we've seen a key Russian opposition leader gunned down days before a Moscow rally; and we've seen Lithuania jump-start a plan to reinstate a type of military draft in order to get troop numbers up to believable levels.
This wasn't the script for how the quarter-century of independence was supposed to feel. This wasn't the script for how "Europe" was supposed to be in 2015.
In fact, sometimes it feels a lot like how I imagine 1938 or 1939.
Transitions Online has been running a series of short opinion pieces from key Ukrainian voices on the ongoing crisis--CLICK HERE for the latest installment.