What started off as a corporate dispute is swiftly turning into a battle between the state and a billionaire regional governor who was once credited for curbing separatism in his region.
Russia last week celebrated the one-year anniversary of its annexation of Crimea. But while President Vladimir Putin and his supporters toasted their victory, Western forces say they're developing a strategy to deal with a leader who has lost whatever trust they once had in him.
Ukraine's army is one of the five strongest in Europe thanks to the battlefield experience brought on by the start of Russia's war a year ago.
Sovereignty and territorial integrity, and self-determination of peoples, are two intertwined, and at-times contradictory, principles, of international law. Their discretionary and inconsistent application to international territorial disputes is complicated by geopolitical aims and neglect of historical national boundaries.
More wars have been lost (or won) through strategy, tactics, motivation or leadership than through asymmetry of forces and firepower. The latter is within Ukraine’s ability to control; the former is largely dependent on others. Ukrainian strategy has as its basic premise that Russia will – for the foreseeable future - outmatch Ukraine in military technology, financing, equipment, firepower, training and (possibly) personnel.
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ryzhik, Gaika and Dasha are three friends who, until recently, dressed like other young women. Now they no longer choose their clothes: They just don military uniforms, pick up their Kalashnikovs and put in another day of work with the Russian-backed Sparta Battalion in Donetsk.
Ukraine's parliament granted a special status to some parts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast, and defined the new border of those territories in a Tuesday vote that followed complicated negotiations among coalition members and the president, who authored the bills.
A freak road accident involving a Ukrainian armored personnel vehicle that killed an 8-year-old girl escalated into a series of riots in Kostantynivka, Donetsk Oblast, on March 16.
While Ukrainians and Russians speculated on reasons for Russian President Vladimir Putin's disappearance from the public spotlight since March 5, Western analysts concentrated on what to expect next in Russia's war against Ukraine.
A sudden and mysterious disappearance of Vladimir Putin gave rise to many rumors and versions. Former presidential adviser, Andrey Illarionov reports that in a few days it will be announced about the resignation of Vladimir Putin and the power will be taken by a group of officers and security forces led by the head of the presidential administration Sergey Ivanov.
When archaeologists performed a routine check on a construction site in central Kyiv in late February, they were astonished to discover a medieval street hidden seven meters underground.
When Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Berlin on March 5, he heaped praise on his hosts: “At no time in my experience has the relationship with Germany and the United States covered more issues around the world, covered them in a deeper fashion and in a more collaborative fashion than we’re doing today. It is truly extraordinary.” President Barack Obama is especially grateful for his partnership with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Blinken added.
As we are now in a lull in Russia's war against Ukraine that Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin began one year ago, it's time to assess how Kyiv can do better at war-fighting. Not for want of courage, Ukraine's efforts to defend its territory and sovereignty from Russian aggression have been failures, as I've explained many times.
Mamuka Mamulashvili, a muscular man with broad shoulders, has no doubts about who the enemy is.
The bodies of 500 civilians have been found in the cellars of residential buildings in Debaltseve, US Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power has said.
Although Kostyantyn Zubov was not in Debaltseve when his fellow servicemen were leaving the town under enemy fire, he was just 18 kilometers away in Popasna, and saw the soldiers who had just left the trap on Feb. 18. They were headed to Artemivsk, some 46 kilometers away.
Editor's Note: The Russian online newspaper Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia's few remaining sources of independent journalism, on March 2 published an interview with a Russian soldier assigned to a tank unit sent with his battalion to regain Russian control of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast. Ukrainian forces surrendered Debaltseve, a key railway hub with a pre-war population of 25,000 people, on Feb. 18.
Before she met Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, Ukrainian model Anna Duritska has allegedly tried her luck as a mail-order bride.
Ukrainian Anna Duritska, who was with Boris Nemtsov when he was killed in the street in Moscow on Feb. 27, has requested Russian authorities to let her return to Ukraine, but hasn't been allowed to do so for unclear reasons.