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From Disgraced President to Ukraine's Lead Diplomat: The Unlikely Redemption of Leonid Kuchma

Samuel Ramani | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On September 8, 2015, former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma arrived in Minsk. He travelled to the Belarusian capital, as Ukraine's representative to the Trilateral Contact Group that seeks to end the conflict in Donbas.

What It's Like on the Front Lines of the War in Ukraine

Ioana Moldovan | Posted 09.02.2016 | World
Ioana Moldovan

DONETSK -- I don't know how the landscape around Zenit looked back when the military position was first established, but these days it surely resembles the set of an apocalypse movie. Only this is real, not cardboard-made. The few standing buildings look like a poorly played Tetris game, with huge holes between their bricks. The fields like an old junkyard with rusty damaged armored vehicles and car skeletons. The ground appears like it came down with a bad case of chickenpox, all littered with craters from Grad missiles and mortar rounds. The trees have no branches, their arms amputated by shrapnel.

When Ukraine Is No Longer Ukraine

Ioana Moldovan | Posted 07.29.2016 | World
Ioana Moldovan

DONETSK -- "Of course we want to stay in Ukraine. We were, are and want to be Ukrainians. But we just want peace, and if it will be different, it does not matter, because we just want to have bright blue sky and no shelling. I want to go back home, not to Russia, but home."

Fighting Flares In East Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2015 | World

By Alessandra Prentice and Pavel Polityuk KIEV, June 3 (Reuters) - Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first ser...

Recollections of Pre-War Donetsk

Miles Atkinson | Posted 05.07.2016 | World
Miles Atkinson

The houses in the center of town had just been given fresh, clean plastic siding to impress foreign visitors for UEFA 2012, a soccer championship. Proud locals directed tourists to the gleaming new stadium where Donetsk Shakhtar played.

The Russians Are Not Coming II

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

At this point it is important to remember that the Russians have veto power at the United Nations and if they had chosen they could have vetoed all UN-imposed sanctions on Iran. They did not do that.

Ukraine: Insider Oligarchs Derail Maidan Revolution

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.30.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In the midst of war and heightened nationalism in Ukraine, many demonstrators who participated in protests at Maidan Square just one year ago are gripped with a profound sense of shock and wonder what has happened to their country.

Putin, Al-Sisi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Holocaust Remembrance

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In another of his pleasant encounters with world leaders, Russian president Vladimir Putin went to Egypt on February 8, staying until February 10.

Bildt: Merkel Is Best To Solve The Crisis With Putin

The European | Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, is one of Europe’s leading statesmen. He is also a member of the Steering Commit...

Acknowledging the Downsides of Arming Ukraine

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

These are just four reasons why a large cross-section of Americans, Europeans, Ukrainians, and Russians label a further militarization of the Ukrainian conflict as a bad idea.

It's Time To Provide Weapons to Ukraine

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Sure, it may not work; the policy may backfire, the Ukrainian army may not be able to use the weapons effectively or they may lose some to the rebels. Putin may even decide to escalate. But guess what? Putin is already escalating.

Ukraine War: Shelling and Hunger Killing Civilians

William Lambers | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

They were civilians standing in line at the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre in Donetsk, Ukraine. This was aid they needed because of the war between the government and pro-Russian separatists.

Has Russia's War Against Ukraine Reached a Point of No Return?

Alexander Motyl | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Alexander Motyl

Western hopes of a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Ukraine are effectively dead. It is high time for the West to realize that Putin and his proxies have no interest in peace.

Note to Ukraine: Stop Whitewashing the Political Record

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Listen too much to Kremlin pronouncements, and one might get the impression that the Ukrainian government in Kiev is comprised of nothing less than a malevolent and sinister fascist junta.

Ukraine's Donbass and Jim Crow -- A Poor Analogy

Lev Golinkin | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Lev Golinkin

The overwhelming majority of eastern Ukrainians currently trapped in brutal winter conditions between separatist thugs and the Ukrainian army aren't Ku Klux Klan members, or fat cat bigots who delight in oppressing their ethnic Ukrainian neighbors. They are coal miners and steelworkers and children and pensioners. They are people who've watched their lives be shelled into oblivion by both Kiev's army and paramilitary brigades and Putin's warlords, and who are now isolated in what Amnesty and the UN describe as an unfolding humanitarian crisis. Painting them as a bunch of backward anti-Western hicks is neither progressive, nor tolerant, nor liberal, nor accurate.

Death Toll Rises In East Ukraine Despite Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Shells struck a district of separatist-controlled Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on...

Watch: Widespread Use of Cluster Bombs in Ukraine

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes.

Swiss Red Cross Worker Killed By Shell In Ukraine's Donetsk

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A Swiss Red Cross worker was killed by a shell that landed near the internation...

Shelling Hits School Playground In Eastern Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

(Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Uk...

The Increasingly Bizarre Leaders Of Ukraine's Rebels

The New York Times | Posted 08.20.2014 | World

To outward appearances, Fyodor D. Berezin is the picture of a senior military commander. He wears camouflage, has bodyguards and confidently gives ord...

Legal 'Pussyrioting' Lives on in Another Russian Court Blunder

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The Hatchet may be on the opposite end of the political spectrum from the ultra-liberal feminists of Pussy Riot, yet like the women he was silenced for exercising Russia's constitutionally protected right to free speech.

With the Ukrainian President

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Petro Poroshenko deserves the West's support. We should follow him on the course he has chosen, which is to resist the imperialism blowing in from the east.

Ukraine: Rebels Have Shot Down A Ukrainian Military Plane

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The head of NATO called on Russia to "step back from the brink" of war by pulling i...

A Field Guide To The Bizarre And Terrifying Pro-Russian Rebels In Ukraine

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

Weeks after Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, fighting still rages as the government battles with the obstinate, heavily armed separatis...

Some Rebels In Ukraine Vent Frustration With Putin

Reuters | Aleksandar Vasovic | Posted 07.30.2014 | World

By Aleksandar Vasovic DONETSK, Ukraine, July 30 (Reuters) - Western leaders may be Vladimir Putin's biggest critics over the conflict in east Ukrai...