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Who Are the Men Behind the Masks in Eastern Ukraine?

• Lew Rockwell blog
.... The members of the militia are not terrorists or militants or even rebels — as a group. As a group, they do not want to take over the Kiev government, although some may want this. The modal goal is probably a substantial degree of local autonomy while still remaining part of the Ukraine. The modal goal that unites them is probably also opposition to heavy-handed decrees from Kiev and being treated as second-class citizens. Their taking to arms has been motivated by either denial of rights or threats of denial of rights or fear of denial of rights, brought about by the Feb. 21 coup in Kiev and subsequent interim government actions....

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