Global Energy giant Chevron terminated its contract with Ukraine to extract shale gas in western Ukraine after trying for more than a year to get the government to simplify taxation for this type of business.
MOSCOW - Russia looks richer in the snow. Muscovites, as they always have, stroll the main boulevard, Tverskaya Street, in their fur coats and hats on snowy evenings, basking in the holiday lights and decorations, their capital transformed into an icy wonderland.
In a blitzkrieg vote on Dec. 11, both chambers of the U.S. Congress passed a landmark bill known as the Ukraine Freedom Support Act 2014 that authorizes Kyiv defense weapons worth $350 million.
If, a generation or so from now, Ukraine has become a full member state in the European Union with a thriving economy, entrenched democratic institutions, and a unique cultural-linguistic space, don’t expect to find a statue in honor of US President Barack Obama standing in Kyiv’s Independence Square in the manner of former President Bill Clinton’s statue in the small Balkan nation of Kosovo.
The video of the first brawl in the newly-elected Verkhovna Rada became a hit, collecting 500,000 views overnight.
LISICHANSK, Ukraine – Frustration with the Kyiv central government is getting almost palpable in some places in eastern Ukraine. Nowhere is this discontent felt more than in cities where a military campaign with no clear objectives, combined with lack of reforms and outreach by the central government, have brought on an eerie anxiety.
In two prior posts we had demonstrated (1) that European security - based largely on trust and underwritten by the yet untested resolve and capability of NATO’s North American and European members – may be more self-delusion than reality
Lack of public service professionals on the Ukraine labor market has pushed the government to look abroad for qualified applicants who can take positions.
DZERZHINSK, Ukraine - Spoil tips rise as high as mountains above the horizon where, not far across the field, pro-Kremlin insurgents are amassing troops with more heavy weaponry and fighters coming from Russia.
Ukraine will cancel its non-aligned status and resume integration with NATO as part of measures to reform its national security and defense system, as is evident from a draft Ukrainian parliamentary coalition agreement initialed by its future members.
"The Shooter" is back. Colonel Igor Girkin, the career Russian intelligence officer who disappeared three months ago from his leading role in the Russian-sponsored war against Ukraine, has burst anew into Russia's news headlines. He has given a spate of interviews in which he presses Russia’s government to step up direct military support for the two "people's republics" it is backing in southeastern Ukraine.
I grew up hating America. I lived in the Soviet Union and was a child of the cold war. That hate went away in 1989, though, when the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war ended. By the time I left Russia in 1991, the year the Soviet Union collapsed, America was a country that Russians looked up to and wanted to emulate.
Russia's war against Ukraine further escalated on Nov. 10, with Kremlin-backed separatists in the eastern Donbas region getting massive amounts of Russian weapons and mercenaries and intensifying their shelling of Ukrainian forces.
After analyzing a massive volume of data from open sources, a team of British investigative journalists has found “solid information” that the Buk missile system that downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in July came from Russia, and was sent back there after the disaster. They also traced the Buk’s military convoy back to its base in Russia.
Ukraine said Russia is expanding its military presence in rebel-held areas as pro-Russian fighters attacked Ukrainian forces with artillery after as many as 200 separatists were killed.
Ukraine is desperately trying to bolster its military capability and integrate into global security structures after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea and then instigated a separatist war in the Donbas that has claimed more than 4,000 lives.
The Russian army has entered the territory of Ukraine once again. Our president and leadership of the majority bloc have been following the example of our European friends, expressing empty gestures of indignation and outrage.
Unable to control much of its border with Russia, Ukraine has decided to wall the problems off, quite literally. The nation's top officials believe that a 2,000-kilometer-long wall will protect the country from a further invasion by Russia, and have announced a plan to build one.