Pro-Russian Separatists Are Flying the Confederate Flag. Why?

By Zenon Evans, Reason- The self-proclaimed leaders of the so-called people’s republic of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine are taking some tips from the U.S., but in a way that most people will not find palatable: They adopted a modified version of the Confederate Flag. It holds no meaning in Eastern Europe, so to whom are these Russian-backed fighters trying to appeal? The Moscow Times reports: The flag of the unrecognized Novorossia confederation is not entirely identical to the banner of the Army of Northern Virginia, as it lacks stars. … But otherwise, it is the same as the Confederate flag, a blue diagonal cross bordered with white on a red background. General Lee would have been proud. The pro-Russian rebels, known for their dislike of all things American, do not take direct inspiration from the U.S. secession movement or fear the implications of separatist bad luck that their...

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Ukraine ends ‘Easter truce’ with separatists

Kiev takes “appropriate measures” against eastern separatists, as Russia warns of response if interests are threatened. Russia has said it will respond if its “legitimate interests” are attacked, as Ukraine announced it had ended an Easter truce and was relaunching “anti-terrorist” operations against pro-Russian separatists on its territory. In an interview with Russia Today due to be aired on Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said that “Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation”. He referenced the Georgian war of 2008, where Russia invaded Georgia after Tblisi attacked rebels in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, which had aligned itself with Moscow. “If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law.” The comments were released...

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