Editor's Note: The following statement was issued by Victor Pinchuk on April 21 denying that his Interpipe company violated an international trade ban in place against Iran, an allegation contained in a Newsweek story published on April 18 and part of a new book called "Clinton Cash" by author Peter Schweizer.
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As Ukrainian forces faced 20 attacks by Kremlin-led militants in the past 48 hours and spotted 30 enemy drones probing their positions, an unnamed NATO official said that Russia has sent additional military manpower and arms to Donbas, according to a news report by the FrankruterAllgemeine Zeitung that interviewed the person.
Editor's Note: The following is an April 10 debate in Toronto over the question: Do Russian President Vladmir Putin’s actions demand the levying of punishing economic sanctions, its isolation in global fora, and arming the nations directly threatened by Russia? Or, should the West seek out a new relationship with Russia based on shared interests?
A new reality is settling in, one that is changing the national psyche. Terrorist attacks in the name of Russian separatism are becoming a regular threat to residents of Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhya. Even Kyiv and western Lviv are not immune. Extremists have detonated explosives at pro-Ukraine rallies. Bridges and railroads has been damaged as well.
Parliament may soon enter dangerous territory if it decides to criminalize the public denial of military aggression that Ukraine is facing from Russia. Should the bill, co-authored by the buffoonish Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko, be approved, the offender will receive up to five years in prison. A repeat offender will face 10 year in prison for denying the fact. The authors argue that this law will prevent the nation from breaking up and specifically targets local officials in Ukraine’s east who refuse to use the word “aggression” in describing Russia’s actions.
At the height of the EuroMaidan Revolution on Jan. 13, 2014, the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, knowingly or not, appointed a new president whose political views supported the Kremlin and the pro-Russian leadership of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.
With all the nefarious members of the former ruling Party of Regions running around free and uninvestigated, or hiding out with impunity in Russia, it was unfortunate that President Petro Porosenko had to go after fellow billionaire Igor Kolomoisky, sacking him as Dnipropetrovsk Oblast governor on March 25.
Vladimir Putin’s lies are so blatant and frequent that they are easy to tune out. But what he said on March 18 was exceptional, even by the Russian dictator’s standards. Speaking at an event to celebrate Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, Putin said that Russians and Ukrainians are one people.
Although they are outgunned and outspent, Ukraine is more actively lobbying its interests abroad. While the Kremlin has more money and people, Ukraine has more truth on its side. We hope it makes a difference in swaying the international community to come down harder on Russia to stop its war.
We can sympathize with the United States and Europe for their reluctance to take on a lawless and nuclear-armed crazy man in the Kremlin. But the fact remains that the West's collective weakness in confronting the Russian dictator will go down in history as one of the most shameful episodes of appeasement in the 21st century.
Editor's Note: The following is the video and testimony transcripts from the March 4 hearing of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation. Those called to testify include former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer, Damon Wilson of the Atlantic Council, Stephen Blank of the American Foreign Policy Council and Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov.
Ministers and believers of all the major religions prayed together for the health of Ukrainian army officer Nadiya Savchenko, imprisoned in Russia. The joing prayer took place on Sofiyivska Square in central Kyiv on March 1.
Russian opposition has scheduled a protest rally "Spring" to take place on March 1. When one of its organizers, major opposition figure Boris Nemtsov was assasinated on the night of Feb. 27 it was decided that a memorial march for Nemtsov will take place instead of the rally.