The United Nations has appointed Sarah Palin as a special envoy to Ukraine, hoping she can help mediate a solution to the growing geopolitical crisis in that country.
According to sources close to the situation, Palin and a team of international crisis experts will fly to Kiev tonight to meet with Ukrainian officials before moving on to Moscow to negotiate a final settlement with Russiaâ€™s President Vladimir Putin over the fate of the disputed Crimea region.
The surprising selection comes just days after Palin boasted on Facebook that she had accurately predicted Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine in a 2008 speech.
In an exclusive interview, U.N. President Ban Ki-Moon said he chose Palin because of her impressive first-hand knowledge of the region and hopes she can facilitate a dialogue that avoids war.
â€œWhen all the experts said Putin would never invade Ukraine, only Sarah Palin had the courage to challenge conventional wisdom,â€ he explains. â€œClearly this woman is some sort of a genius or something. We canâ€™t let her skills go unused.
â€œThis is a very unusual crisis, and we need to think outside the box. One of my advisers suggested this solution, and I felt it was a risk worth taking. Letâ€™s throw Palin into the mix and see what she can do.â€