Putin’s Bravado Puts to Test Western Determination to Help Ukraine

 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Ukraine this week reflects the Biden administration's concern about the danger of Russian aggression against its western neighbor. Though President Vladimir Putin has temporarily eased tensions by ordering Russian troops to pull back from the border, he remains determined to undermine the Ukrainian government's control over its own territory.

East Ukraine Separatists Refuse to Postpone Referendum

The pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine did not heed Russia's President Vladimir Putin advice to postpone the referendum for independence, reports Interfax. 

It is supposed to take place this Sunday in the so-called “Donetsk People's Republic” and the neighboring “Luhansk People's Republic” in Eastern Ukraine.