In other news, Putin’s popularity is soaring among Russians. Breitbart reports:
Russian President Vladimir Putin may have to endure the stern disapproval of U.S. President Barack Obama, and the occasional insult from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as a result of his invasion of Ukraine. But at home, his approval ratings have soared to nearly 70 percent, up from just above 60 percent in December. Over 70 percent of Russians support Putin’s tactics in the Crimea; fewer than one in five oppose his policy.
The Russian parliament is expected to support Crimean secession, the Wall Street Journal reports, and even some Russian opposition leaders are praising Putin. One quoted by the Journal claims: “If Putin returns Crimea to Russia without blood, he will go down in history as a great, and there’s nothing you can do about that.” Or, as Charles Krauthammer quipped Friday: “Catherine the Great took Crimea, Vlad (the Great?) won it back.”