So I have gone over claims made in relation to Ukraine crisis, selecting those that exaggerate potential impact of the crisis to the extreme. See below in chronological order.
- Economist editor Lucas: Deep in the flat and featureless landscape of eastern Ukraine, it is all too possible that the outline of World War III is taking shape. (Daily Mail, 04.15.14).
- Ukraine’s PM Yatsenyuk: “The world has not yet forgotten World War II, but Russia is already keen on starting World War III.” (AP, 04.25.14).
- Ukraine’s ex-defense minister and then presidential candidate Hrytsenko:"Putin is a threat for the whole planet, not Ukraine only. In the West, they are afraid to start World War III. They don't understand that Putin already started the war." (WP, 05.09.14).
- Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili: In reaction to remarks I made critical of the Western response in Ukraine, the Italian foreign minister asked me sardonically, "So what are you suggesting, for Europe to bomb Russia?" Fed up with this self-limiting, all-or-nothing excuse for inaction, I replied: "Should Europe wait until Russia bombs it first?"(Politico, 07.21.14).
- Putin’s ex-advisor Illarionov:"As for forth world war, it is not a term that I like, it is not a term, that I invented. (It is) the term that has been used by Kremlin and they are actually correcting those who are using the term 'Third World War': no, it's wrong, the third war was with the Cold War, it finished 20 years ago. Now we are starting (and they are not hiding it) the Forth World War. And they are preparing for this for a long time.” (Baltic Daily, 05.31.14).
- Ukrainian president Poroshenko:
- In address to U.S. Congress: “The post-war international system of checks and balances was effectively ruined. The world was plunged into the worst security crisis since the US-USSR stand-off of 1962. Today, we are witnessing another attempt at dividing the world, and Ukraine stands at the center of this attempt. The outcome of today’s war will determine whether we will be forced to accept the reality of a dark, torn, and bitter Europe as part of a new world order…. It is Europe’s, and it is America’s war, too. It is a war of the free world – and for a free world!” (Poroshenko’s web site, 09.18.14.).
- On ceasefire talks in Minsk: "Today in Minsk, without any question, the fate of the world and the fate of Europe are being decided.” (WSJ, 08.27.14).