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.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov is certain that the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov committed in downtown Moscow in the early hours of Feb. 28 is a provocation.
Editor's Note: U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified on Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C., before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee regarding Russia's war against Ukraine.
Even in war, some people plan for peace. The audience at the Kyiv Post’s “Doing Business With China” conference fits this category. The conference took place on Feb. 25. Some speakers flew in from China to help boost business between the nations.
Livestream coverage of the Kyiv Post's "Doing Business With China" conference starts at 1:45 p.m. today. The event takes place in the Hilton Kyiv Hotel. Registration starts at 1 p.m.
Sure, they had to spend all night with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's palace on Feb. 11-12. That could not have been pleasant for anybody, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.