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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.

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.

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.

Lost in the Headlines: The Coming Hell for Eastern Ukrainians

Lev Golinkin | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Lev Golinkin

Articles about the war in Ukraine invariably cite the over 4,800 casualties and one million displaced persons reported by the UN. That number, as horrible as it is, is just a small percentage of the humanitarian suffering that continues to unfold on the ground.

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.

Downed Bridge Does Not Stop Convoy for Ukraine's Starving

William Lambers | Posted 02.12.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

Both government forces and the rebels were letting the convoy go through. But there was another obstacle close to their destination, a partially collapsed bridge. It was another casualty of war. Trucks could not pass.

Putin Says Sides Not Abiding Peace Deal In Ukraine

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 01.17.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, arguing that both ...

Ukraine Breakaway Regions Hold Criticized Elections

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 01.02.2015 | World

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine voted Sunday to elect legislators and executives in polls that...

Shelling Kills At Least 12 In Eastern Ukraine

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.29.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Eastern Ukraine has suffered the worst violence in more than a week as fighting between pro-Russian rebels and government troop...

Ukraine Sees The Worst Fighting Since Ceasefire Began

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.15.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday — the worst...

East Ukraine City Hit By Shells During Ceasefire

AP | PETER LEONARD and MIKE CORDER | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A child's jump rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred. A burned book in Tagalog. Chunks of twisted fuselage. More th...

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.

Russian Aid Convoy Heads Toward Ukraine Amid Controversy

AP | ALEXANDER ROSLYAKOV | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) — Raising the stakes in Ukraine's conflict, a Russian aid convoy of more than 200 trucks pushed up to the border on...

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...

Pro-Russian Rebels Force Closure Of Donetsk Airport

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

(Adds update tag to headline field) * Ukrainian government warplanes carry out airstrikes * One man killed by shrapnel f...

Report: Gunmen Open Fire On Police HQ In Eastern Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

KIEV, April 29 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine opened fire with automatic weapons and threw stun grenades at the local police headqua...

Pro-Russia Separatists Storm Another Gov't Building

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

By Vasily Fedosenko LUHANSK, Ukraine, April 29 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists opened fire on a police station in the city of Luh...

"Consequences" for Russia's Aggression

David L. Phillips | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Sanctions should not be seen as an instrument to punish Russia. However, a credible threat of sanctions can adjust Russia's approach.

Hostages Released In East Ukraine City

AP | PETER LEONARD and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies,...

Protesters Deny Holding Hostages

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2014 | World

LUHANSK, Ukraine, April 8 (Reuters) - Protesters occupying the state security building in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday denied a charge that ...

Ukraine: Separatists Holding 60 People In Explosives-Filled Building

Posted 04.09.2014 | World

By Thomas Grove LUHANSK, Ukraine, April 8 (Reuters) - Ukraine's state security service on Tuesday said that pro-Russian separatists h...

Gunmen Seize Government Building In Eastern Ukraine

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 06.06.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian news agency is reporting that pro-Russian separatists who have seized the regional administration building in the e...

Death Toll In Ukraine Mining Accidents Reaches 37

AP | Posted 09.30.2011 | World

KIEV, Ukraine — Rescue workers have found the bodies of all the Ukrainian miners missing after accidents at two coal mines in the east of the co...