Many people died in Kiev. It’s not a “wag the dog” story, but a dangerous mix of “civil” and economic war. The big guys in and around Ukraine have played strange, wicked games, over the last months, or years. Ukrainians pay a high price.
Less dramatic, if not good, news about “good old shoes” in Europe (in French) : http://renaudfavier.com/2014/02/21/ff-genres-baskets-charentaises-godillots-tongs-gros-sabots-et-autres-francaises-a-cote-de-leurs-pompes/