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Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.

Ukraine's President Says Russian Opposition Leader's Murder Linked To Separatist War

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2015 | World

KIEV, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he ...

The Crisis In Ukraine That No One Is Talking About

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

As fighting between the army and pro-Russian separatist rebels in Ukraine continues unabated, Ukraine's government in Kiev is also facing a dire fin...

Why the West's Strategy of Containing an 'Aggressive' Putin Is Misplaced

Samuel Ramani | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

While the world's attention is preoccupied with entertaining the possibility of Putin's invasion rampage, this misplaced focus distracts greatly from the internal crisis brewing in Ukraine.

Ukraine's Vote, Russia's Fate

Carl Bildt | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Carl Bildt

When the Soviet Union collapsed more than two decades ago, and Ukraine opted for independence, many expected the country to do better than Russia in the years to come. But events turned out differently.

Ukraine Will Have to Live With Putin's Delusions

Alexander Motyl | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Alexander Motyl

There is no practical solution to the Russo-Ukrainian war. The most one can hope for is to "freeze" it and thereby transform hot war into cold war between Russia and Ukraine and between Russia and the West. Cold war may not be the West's optimal solution, but, while inconvenient for everyone, it will be infinitely preferable to a hot war.

Putin Isn't Chasing After Empire in Ukraine; He Fears a Color Revolution at Home

Dmitry Gorenburg | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Dmitry Gorenburg

Russian leaders see the protests in Ukraine as part of a Western plot. For them, color revolutions are not manifestations of popular will but a new form of warfare invented by Western governments seeking to remove independently minded national governments. They have argued that this is part of a global strategy to force foreign values on a range of nations around the world that refuse to accept U.S. hegemony, and that Russia was a particular target of this strategy.

Russian Forces Moving Out Of Eastern Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

KIEV, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday Russia had moved the bulk of its forces he said had been in eastern ...

NATO Chief: Russia Attacking Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 11.04.2014 | World

By Adrian Croft and Kylie MacLellan NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4 (Reuters) - NATO's top official accused Moscow outright on Thursday of atta...

Russian Politician Beaten After Investigating If Soldiers Killed In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A Russian politician said on Saturday he had been badly beaten after publicizing the m...

Putin Compares Kiev To Nazis, Boasts Nuclear Power

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2014 | World

* Russia proposes "corridor" for encircled Kiev troops * "Best not to mess with us," says defiant Putin * EU ministers d...

Russo-Ukrainian War Now a Reality

Alexander Motyl | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Alexander Motyl

Now is the time for the West -- whether NATO, the United States, or individual European states --to provide or sell the high-tech weaponry Ukraine needs to defend itself effectively. The argument against such a move -- that it would provoke a Russian escalation--is no longer valid, now that Russia has escalated. A well-armed Ukraine could stop Putin from embarking on any of these more alarming scenarios.

Russia: Agreement Reached On Aid To Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 10.17.2014 | World

(Adds quotes context) BERLIN, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Russia on Monday said all objections to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine h...

Ukraine Says Forces Clashed With Russian Troops

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

By Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth KIEV, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Ukraine said its artillery destroyed part of a Russian armored column...

Ukraine: Russian Humanitarian Convoy Will Not Be Allowed Across Border

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | World

By Dmitry Zhdannikov and Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW/KIEV, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off on...

Russia Conducts Military Exercises Near Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 10.03.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Russia is conducting new military exercises with more than 100 aircraft in the country's central and western districts, an...

Emily Swanson

Americans Support Tougher Action Against Russia, But Not Sure It Will Make A Difference | Emily Swanson | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

Americans want the United States to be tougher on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows. But the survey also ...

Six Year Blues

Abby Huntsman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Abby Huntsman

Mr. President, for too long your approach to foreign policy has been reactive, not proactive. It feels like we're always playing catch-up. Now is the time to tell us what it is you want us to do. What are our goals? What is most important to us? And how are we going to get there?

Obama and the World's Ills

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's hard to recall a time when the world presented more crises with fewer easy solutions. And for the Republicans, all of these woes have a common genesis: American weakness projected by Barack Obama. People in the Middle East, former Vice President Dick Cheney said recently, "are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president." He added, "We've got a problem with weakness, and it's centered right in the White House." Really? It's instructive to ask: What exactly would a Republican president advised by Cheney do in each of these crises? Let's take them one at a time.

What Do Ukrainians Really Want From Russia?

Olga Bielkova | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Olga Bielkova

What we want from Russia boils down to one word -- respect. And what we hope is that our friends and partners in the West become more cognizant of how easily one might fall into the trap of Kremlin's narrative -- a narrative that attempts to deny Ukraine's right for self-determination.

Peace or Righteousness in the Ukraine?

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 07.15.2014 | World
Scott Sigmund Gartner

President Theodore Roosevelt famously stated that, "If given the choice between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness." The United States faces this same choice now in the Ukraine.

Pro-Russian Militants Storm Odessa Police Station

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

ODESSA, Ukraine, May 4 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian militants stormed a Ukrainian police station in Odessa on Sunday and freed 30 fellow activists as the...

Ukraine's Defense Chief Denies Military Will Hold Exercises In Central Kiev (UPDATE)

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

KIEV, April 30 (Reuters) - Ukraine's defense ministry said it had no plans to hold military exercises in the capital Kiev on Wednesday night, contra...

Jason Linkins

Stay Calm Or Go Crazy: Everyone's Got Some Free Advice On The Ukraine Crisis | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Vladimir Putin's recent incursion into the Crimean peninsula may be bad news for anyone who likes things like "democratic norms," but it's been a heyd...

SERIOUSLY?: Russia Accuses Ukraine Of Violating International Conventions, Putting Lives At Risk

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2014 | World

MOSCOW, March 26 (Reuters) - Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of violating international conventions and putting lives at risk by preventing Russ...