"Secretary Hagel has been trying, himself, since early this week," Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
Two bloodied protesters (shown above) stare at a well-armed policeman in Kiev
Lebedev refuses "to communicate, to accept a phone call" from Hagel or the Pentagon.
Perhaps Hagel's team thinks that publicizing the fact that Lebedev is stiff-arming him — Kirby announced at the top of the briefing that Hagel couldn't reach his counterpart — will put public pressure on the Ukrainians to take his phone call.
Perhaps the real reason for ignoring Hagel is that Ukraine doesn’t want a country like America, that has experienced vastly diminished respect on the world stage in the last six years, meddling in their affairs.
A look back at how America has dealt with Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and Syria in the last six years shows that the Obama Administration has vastly diminished clout and respect on the world stage.