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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."

Ukraine Is Attempting to Wipe Away Its Past

Georgy Bovt | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- If leaders had "de-Sovietized" the country in the 1990s, it would be clear to what Russia could now return -- namely, to its age-old traditions that predated the Soviet era. But as for Ukraine, a country that first achieved statehood only in the 20th century, what can it return to now?

Ukraine Approves Controversial 'Special Status' Law For Rebel-Held East

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

By Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth KIEV, March 17 (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament voted on Tuesday to offer limited self-rule to...

How the Post-Cold War Order Broke Down

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- In general, a medieval spirit reigns, with its internecine wars and in which the only great strategy, if one exists at all, is to indulge the passion for blood. This desire to repay the enemy a hundredfold -- even if he is yesterday's neighbor or friend -- is often mixed with religious fanaticism or blind nationalism.

Why Peace in Ukraine Depends on America

Georgy Bovt | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- The less the United States is constructively involved and committed to the process of reaching a settlement, the less likely it is that a lasting peace will emerge, that the points of the Minsk agreement will get implemented and that Kiev will fulfill its obligations.

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.

Far From Waning, America Has Become a True World Empire

Artyom Lukin | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Artyom Lukin

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Under the American global system, the principal actors are "monitors" -- various civil society groups and organizations, whose mission is to hold governments accountable. These watchdogs can even initiate the overthrow of democratically elected leaders deemed to have abused their power. They are often supported -- financially and politically -- by the U.S. and allied governments. This is also the case with global "democratic" movements, most of which are actually "pro-systemic" in the sense that their activities are fully compatible with the interests of American world empire. Truly anti-systemic voices, such as ecofeminism, Zapatismo, pan-Islamism and Marxism, "have been marginalized, contained, or worse."

How Does Russia See the World?

Sergey Lavrov | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Sergey Lavrov

MOSCOW -- It should be understood that attempts to put pressure on Russia through unilateral sanctions -- which are illegitimate and have been condemned by the U.N. General Assembly -- will not make us forego what we think is right and just.

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.

Fierce Fighting Rocks Eastern Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2015 | World

By Natalia Zinets and Denis Dyomkin KIEV/ST PETERSBURG, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Russian-backed rebels pushed forward on Monday with a new o...

Ukrainian Forces Retreat From Donetsk Airport

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

By Natalia Zinets and Alessandra Prentice KIEV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday his troops were holding th...

These Photos Show Ukraine's Wackiest Festival

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

The Ukrainian festival of Malanka is as wacky as they come. One night every year, Ukrainian villagers dress up as bears, goblins and other characte...

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.

Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

In 2014, Vladimir Putin discovered his inner Trotsky. For what Russia's president is now offering Ukraine is a perverse twist on the formula Trotsky proclaimed during the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk in 1918: "No war, no peace."

What Can Latvia's Integration With Europe Teach Ukraine?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

Real convergence does not happen only between East and West, but first and foremost inside each country. And it resides in the social contract between the state and its citizens. But Ukrainians must also have no illusion that this is a project lasting at least a generation. For a generation, from independence to the EU presidency, is exactly the time it took Latvia.

Russians Feel a Tempest Brewing

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

In the life of any country a situation can arise that requires a clear choice between positive change or stagnation and decline. At such times, only the collective will of the people can generate sufficient will to begin the process of change. And yes, sometimes the awakening of national consciousness begins with struggling over a mountain of dirty and snowy slush on the side of the road.

Ukraine Army, Rebels Observe 'Day of Silence'

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2015 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Ukraine's military accused separatists of violating an agreed "Day of ...

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...

Europe's Challenge: A 'Twilight Zone' in Russia's Shadow, or a 'World of Rules?'

Radek Sikorski | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Radek Sikorski

The impetus for NATO enlargement did not come from a triumphalist Washington. On the contrary, the U.S. initially resisted even the breakup of the Soviet Union. Since 1990, 12 European states have asked to join NATO. They all chose for themselves to belong to this cooperative military alliance. NATO membership was a key part of "locking in" their turbulent democratic reforms.

A Year After Ukraine's Revolution Began, Slain Protesters' Families Demand Justice

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

By Alessandra Prentice KIEV, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was shouted down by angry relatives of 100 pro...

Charlotte Alfred

Meet The Young Revolutionary Taking Ukrainian Politics By Storm | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

In just under a year, Hanna Hopko has gone from being a ringleader in anti-government protests to taking a seat in Ukraine's new parliament. Her tr...

NATO Warns Of 'Serious Military Buildup' In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2015 | World

BRUSSELS, Nov 18 (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg denounced on Tuesday what he called a serious Russian military buildup both ins...

Ukraine To Freeze Funds To Rebel-Held East

Reuters | By PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Kiev said on Wednesday it would halt payment of state funds in areas...

Separatists Hold Elections In War-Torn East Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 01.01.2015 | World

By Thomas Grove DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels voted in an election to set up a separatist leadership in easte...

Violent Clashes Between Protesters And Police In Kiev

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2014 | World

KIEV, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A few thousand protesters clashed with police on Tuesday outside the Ukrainian parliament, throwing stones and smoke bombs ...