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Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to Public Relations Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For Kiev, winning the public relations war against Vladimir Putin would seem to be a no-brainer. For a year now, the Kremlin has conducted a thinly-disguised war of aggression in eastern Ukraine resulting in the deaths of thousands.

Pride Rally Attacked By Unknown 'Hooligans' In Kiev

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices

KIEV, June 6 (Reuters) - Several dozen unknown assailants attacked a gay pride march in Kiev on Saturday, throwing flares and wounding two policemen...

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...

Note to Ukraine: Time to Reconsider Your Historic Role Models

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the country seeks to sort out the post-Maidan milieu, Ukraine must also wrestle with its thorny political history. Who are the most important historic role models worthy of praise and emulation? At this point it's too early to say who will win this contested battle over Ukrainian history.

Two Russian Troops Captured While Fighting In Ukraine

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two wounded Russian soldiers captured while fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine have been transferred to a hospital in Kiev, U...

Ukraine, Politics of History and Jewish Identity: A Personal Story

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Sadly, many Ukrainians have little knowledge of their own country's colorful past and tend to promote a rather monolithic and narrow-minded view of history based solely upon the Ukrainian ethnic experience. Perhaps it would be more productive to delve into the country's rich interethnic experience so as to foster greater understanding between Ukrainians and minority populations.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict 101

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
Fran Moreland Johns

If it's possible to condense the incomprehensibly complex Russia/Ukraine conflict into one coherent hour, Matthew Rojansky can do it. Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute, and an expert on the region, proved that in a recent presentation at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club.

Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?

Welcome to Ukraine: Wild West of Populist Politics

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In the wake of revolution and the midst of war, Ukrainian politics is becoming increasingly more volatile. Intent on proving their anti-establishment bona fides, public figures are turning to firebrand populism in an effort to bolster their own "authenticity" and folksiness.

Can Minsk 2.0 Save Ukraine?

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

KYIV -- What happens in Ukraine -- not the financial standoff with Greece -- will be the ultimate test of whether European and transatlantic unity endure. The fault lines extending from Ukraine are undermining the fundamental values that have underpinned Europe's postwar peace and prosperity. Failure to defend those values in Ukraine will cause them to unravel far beyond our borders.

Can UN Peacekeepers Bring Ukraine Peace?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

UN-mandated Peacekeepers have several negative implications for the Ukraine government, as well as the positive of securing at least a temporary halt to the fighting. On the negative side, the conflict becomes frozen in place with Ukraine effectively divided and potentially partitioned.

Why America, Not Europe, Is Kiev's Biggest Headache

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Russia has not launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, yet. Ukrainians know what they can expect from Germany and the rest of Europe. It is the fickle boosterism of American political patrons that may warm Kiev to a fatal ambition that spells trouble in the months ahead.

Ukraine Needs Political Solution, but Can Diplomacy Succeed Without Weapons?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Perhaps as American and European leaders warn that an AL-Qaeda or ISIS seeks the destruction of "our way of life," we should come to see the Putin danger similarly, but unchallenged he actually has the capacity to deliver on the threat.

Does Putin Want War or Negotiations?

Nina L. Khrushcheva | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Nina L. Khrushcheva

Does Putin want Europe and the United States to feel threatened by a possibility of a larger war with Russia -- in order to push them into continuing talks with him? If the talks fail, Putin might want the West to believe Russia will have no choice but to expand militarily. Or does Putin really care about the negotiations, not the war? By pushing the rebels to take more territory in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin is trying to create new facts on the ground that Putin can use as leverage in the impending talks.

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.

Coming of Age: Ukraine's Maidan Student Generation Assesses Next Moves

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

One year ago on Maidan square, Kiev's young generation played a pivotal role in protests which eventually managed to topple the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr. Putin Will Not Change Course in Ukraine or Syria

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the fractured and evolving global political landscape, both sides, and neither side, will achieve all of its objectives. Swimming against the tide has its own appeal at a time when virtually everything about the world order seems to be up for grabs.

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: Nationalist Flags, Insignia and Curious Symbolism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

On weekends, impromptu rallies may elicit the occasional interest of passers-by. At one point, I came upon a group of nationalists in Maidan square flanked by Ukrainian blue and yellow banners and a rather sinister-looking bunch of men in sunglasses.

Ukraine: Still Failing on World War II

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Enmeshed in a deadly struggle with Russian separatists, many Ukrainians are seeking to fashion their own nationalist ethos. While that is somewhat understandable, Bandera is a poor model. Seventy years after the end of World War II, Ukrainians must eschew such symbols and look elsewhere in the search for a national identity.

Buffeted By Political Firestorm, Crimean Minorities Forced to Choose

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Now that Crimea is firmly in the Russian column, it is to be hoped that the Kremlin will provide both peoples with as much local autonomy as possible in line with earlier pledges.

One Year Later, Where Does Ukraine's Revolution Stand?

AP | By DMYTRO VLASOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook. Angered by another high-handed move by an increasin...

35 Powerful Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

Ukrainian Election Exit Polls Predict Wins For Pro-Western Parties

AP | PETER LEONARD and YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 12.26.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the ...

Ukrainian Band Lyudska Podoba Talks Patriarchy, Sexualities and Trojan Horses

Daniel Lyons | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Lyons

While civil unrest continues to pervade the east of Ukraine, a new generation of artists and musicians in Kiev are creating wide spectrum of sounds and spectacles. At the forefront of this burgeoning scene is Lyudska Podoba (Human Shape).