Clashes and blood on the warpath

The Wall Street Journal reports on Ukraine's ongoing battle to rebuild its depleted military, which began as Russia commenced its invasion of Crimea last month. WSJ's Rebecca Blumenstein reflected, "How unprepared is Ukraine's military? It didn't have car batteries for military vehicles and is asking for donations." Freelance journalist John McQuaid shared this unusual fact: "Ukrainians can now call a government hotline to donate 50 cents to fight Russia." 

At the same time, the Economist reminds us that the current crisis in Crimea is not the first time that Russia and the West have confronted each other over the peninsula. And with impeccable if deeply questionable timing, actor Gérard Depardieu just launched a "Proud to be Russian" line of watches. "So when do we add Depardieu to the visa ban list?" wondered Sam Jones at Financial Times.

Meanwhile, chilling news out of Egypt, where Egyptian TV reportedly is celebrating the death sentences handed down to 528 members of the Muslim Brotherhood. “'May they be 10,000, 20,000, not 500'," Buzzfeed's Sheera Frenkel quoted an Egyptian presenter mentioned in the piece. "Remarkable bloodlust," David D. Kirkpatrick lamented at the New York Times.

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