The prospect of Europe going to war to defend Ukraine against Russian aggression "simply does not exist", Federica Mogherini, the European Union's head of foreign policy insisted.
So pro-West Ukraine is left to fight its own war that threatens its very existence. The country is out on a limb. Already, the Ukrainians are claiming that Russian forces are fighting alongside Ukrainian separatists.
And if that is not portentous enough, Vladimir Putin (left) has even boasted that his forces could sweep into Kiev in a fortnight if he wanted to. The Russian president allegedly made the threat to Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis – Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper had reported.
I reckon it is possible for Ukraine to lose its eastern half in its unwise gamble to sever its Russian ties entirely and cozy up to the West and if the latter continues with its empty posturing – doesn't NATO really mean No Action, Talk Only – Russia may just be emboldened to finish off the country after that.
A 41-year-old man going by the name of Chibatman rides his 'Chibatpod' on the road in Chiba, Japan yesterday. The man, who dresses up as the comic book superhero Batman, rides around in his machine, designed from inspiration of the 'Batpod' from the movies The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, delivering smiles instead of fighting crime.
I think it’s a great idea – to give away smiles! This world needs more smiles than we are giving. I speak for myself too!