Piece in Our Time


Another piece of Ukraine for Russia, perhaps:

The Ukrainian army retreated Thursday from key strongholds at the Donetsk airport, an epicenter of fighting in the country’s conflict-battered eastern region, handing a symbolic victory to pro-Russian rebels amid a surge of violence that threatens to further unravel peace efforts.

Tensions in Ukraine have ­escalated since the start of the new year to levels that NATO’s top commander said he has not seen since summer, before ­government troops and ­pro-Russian rebels signed a cease-fire agreement — an accord rendered ineffective by the recent surge in violence.

Is it just me, or does the news coming out of Ukraine (and Yemen, and Iraq, and Iran, and elsewhere) not quite jibe with the President’s State of the Union claims from just the other night?