Herein I try and piece together a summary of my latest views on Ukraine – it’s obviously a fast moving target so all this is something of a work in progress.
John J. Mearshimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, has written a controversial analysis of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which neatly reveals why "realism" fails when applied dogmatically and without an adequate knowledge of the facts. The article, entitled "Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West's Fault," appeared in the September/October 2014 issue of Foreign Affairs .
Ukraine's Maidan movement, the choice of President Petro Poroshenko last spring, and this past Sunday's election of the most pro-European parliament in its history offers the West an historic opportunity. With Sunday's decisive outcome, the US and Europe need to offer Ukraine assistance through the IMF and other aid channels, a medium term fix for Ukrainian and European dependence on Russian energy imports, increased trade relations, support for deep reforms, and more closely coordinated security assistance. The EU bridge loan announced this week is a good start.
Concerns are rising among US businesses in Russia that Washington lawmakers could move to enshrine sanctions on Russia in new legislation, extending their impact and delaying their repeal.
Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine Viktor Nazarenko held a meeting with Acting Head of the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation on Oct. 30, which resulted in the signing of a protocol on the joint control of Kuibyshevo-Diakove checkpoints, the Ukrainian president's press service reported.
A Russian state watchdog has warned a radio station known for its critical reporting of President Vladimir Putin's government over a talk show it broadcast about the Ukraine conflict, the station said on its website on Oct. 31.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has delivered arms and military equipment worth Hr 150 million to the military, Deputy Defense Minister, Chief of Staff Petro Mekhed said.
A Russian action film star is facing backlash after a video, circulated throughout Russia and Ukraine, showed him firing a machine gun toward Ukrainian lines.
Donetsk -- Glistening black sweat rolls down the spine of a beefy miner as he jackhammers bedrock along the shaft at the Chelyuskintsev coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland.
Russia has declared that it will recognize the elections in Donetsk and Luhansk as legitimate. The Kremlin's actions are leading the world to a new Cold War, says Deutsche Welle's Ingo Mannteufel.
Within hours of Ukraine's gas deal with Russia, fighting flared up in the country's easternmost regions, highlighting the challenges in bringing peace to the country after a year of upheaval.
Ukraine's consulate general in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) has been closed down, according to a statement on the consulate's Facebook page.
Moscow -- Moscow considers Brussels' statements to the effect that it cannot recognize upcoming elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) illogical, as these elections are in fact consistent with the essence of the Minsk agreements on the de-escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, says Russian Permanent Representative in the European Union Vladimir Chizhov.
Mention a cyborg to a Ukrainian these days and they probably won't think of "cybernetic organisms," or man-machines of science fiction. Instead, the word now conjures up images of rugged, heavily armed men holed up inside what remains of Donetsk Airport in war-torn eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian authorities launched two criminal proceedings against popular Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov after a video surfaced showing him firing at the Donetsk Airport with what appears to be a Russian-made 50-caliber Kord heavy machine gun together with Kremlin-backed insurgents.
Government forces near Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine, have pulled back to new positions about 40 kilometers west of the city. But at checkpoint 31, soldiers again came under fire on Oct. 30 following two days of mortar and artillery attack. The troops said they were being fired on with increasing frequency despite a cease-fire in place since early September.
Kaliningrad - The EU's sanctions against Russia are not an end in itself and are not directed against ordinary Russian citizens, Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas told journalists on Oct. 31.
The full video clip of what the Kremlin-backed militants in the Luhansk oblast call a ‘court’ has been posted on the Internet. In it two men are sentenced to death, supposedly for attempted rape and group rape, with the 'sentence' being passed by the audience through a show of hands.
The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be acting irrationally. But it is Western assumptions that need to be questioned. In particular, what has made Russia so keen to undermine the current international order, first in Georgia in 2008 and now in Ukraine?