When things turn tragic, the best response is laughter. In Ukraine, this can take the form of Internet memes, funny photo-shopped pictures and comics. Here, the Kyiv Post presents a collection of the best in our weekly feature.
We tend to agree with those who say that Russian President Vladimir Putin has lost touch with reality by invading Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. But he also has his lucid and spot-on moments, like on March 4 during a press conference when he talked about how ordinary Ukrainians have suffered under the corruption and misrule of czarist Russia and the post-independence presidencies of Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych.
Ukraine’s new leaders deserve praise for some of the moves they have made since coming to power after Viktor Yanukovych abandoned the presidency on Feb. 22. But they will need lots of outside help in managing the multiple political, economic and military crises confronting Ukraine.
Editor's Note: The followoing are March 5 remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a press conference following the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Editor's Note: The following are remarks made by U.S. President Barack Obama involving Ukraine on March 4.
United Nations peace envoy Robert Serry had to cut short his visit to Crimea after a group of armed pro-Russian militiamen blocked him and threatened in his car in Simferopol, capital city of the peninsula on March 5.
Editor's Note: The following is the full English-language transcript of Russian President Vladimir Putin's press conference on March 4 with journalists in Moscow.
Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt on Ukraine from remarks that U.S. President Barack Obama made before a March 3 bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
A legendary Ukrainian midfielder who plays for Russia’s Zenit soccer club in Saint Petersburg has called for Ukraine to unite for the sake of maintaining peace and said brotherly nations shouldn’t fight each other.
Editor's Note: The EuroMaidan Revolution entered its 103rd day on March 3 with Russian military forces in control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula after an invasion that began on Feb. 27. In the meantime, Viktor Yanukovych, ousted as Ukrainian president on Feb. 22, remains in exile in Russia as Russian President Vladimir Putin asserts the right to intervene militarily throughout Ukraine and stay indefinitely.
Editor's Note: The EuroMaidan Revolution entered its 102 day on March 2 with Russia in control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula after an invasion that began on Feb. 28. In the meantime, Viktor Yanukovych, ousted as Ukrainian president on Feb. 22, remains in exile in Russia as Russian President Vladimir Putin asserts the right to intervene militarily in Ukraine and stay indefinitely.
in a statement that appeared on Yulia Tymoshenko’s personal website, the ex-Ukraine prime minister who was freed after nearly three years in prison on Feb. 22 said that “Ukraine and the world must act immediately and consistently to stop an unprecedented display of aggression by Russia and preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
On the pretext of saving Russian lives, President Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea with soldiers and then ratified possibly wider use of military force in Ukraine with a unanimous vote of his rubber-stamp upper chamber of parliament on March 1.
U.S. Senator John McCain (Republican of Arizona), who is one of the better informed members of Congress about Ukraine's political crisis, today released the following statement on Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine:
A petition created on Friday has in less than 24 hours been endorsed by 36 thousand people It reads:
Dear Mr President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin,
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said today at a session of Ukraine's new Cabinet of Ministers that the presence of Russian troops in the Crimean peninsula violates the bilateral agreement governing Russia's naval base in Sevastopol.
Editor's Note: Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych gave a live news conference from exile in Rostov-na-Don, Russia. The following is an unofficial translation from the Kyiv Post.