The war in eastern Ukraine, which has had more impact on the European economy than any news coming out of Frankfurt or Brussels, appears to be ending. Despite the sporadic attacks that have wrecked previous ceasefire attempts.
Ukraine did something very Ukrainian this week. It sued for peace with Russia, apparently confirming a centuries-old subordination to Big Brother to the east. Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister jailed by the deposed President Victor Yanukovich and now leader of the political party Batkivshchyna, called the laws implementing peace by granting autonomy to parts of eastern Ukraine "humiliating and betraying."
Many Ukrainians who fought the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych in February are also hoping to get rid of members of parliament from Yanukovych’s Party of Region in the Oct. 26 elections.
The northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv prepares for a possible invasion of pro-Russian separatists despite the ceasefire in the neighboring Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts. That includes fortifying the border with Russia.
German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung reports that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told European Commission that Putin made the threat in a recent conversation. President Vladimir Putin privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, according to a record of a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart.
Good for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. He did not waste his 45-minute televised address in front of both houses of the U.S. Congress on simple niceties, as I had feared.
Porosheko asked for everything Ukraine needs: the honoring of the US commitment in the 1994 Budapet Memorandum to guarantee Ukraine's sovereignty and territory, lethal and non-lethal military aid, a special security status for a non-NATO ally, economic assistance, an investment fund, help reforming Ukraine's economy and justice system and continued tough sanctions against Russia.
WASHINGTON - The United States pledged $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine on Sept. 18 for its struggle against Russia's incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment, in a gesture of support for visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.
Kyiv accused Moscow on Sept. 18 of massing its troops in annexed Crimea on the Ukraine border, rattling nerves just as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to meet US counterpart Barack Obama.
Berlin - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in a couple of days he might commission the Russian troops not only in Ukraine but also in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania, Ukrainian news edition Liga reported, citing a publication of German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
A thousand miles from Moscow, on a wooden bench in the yard of her parents' house, Oksana shares memories of her brother Konstantin. She shows me the medal he'd been awarded for military service in the North Caucasus; some of his army photos, too, including a portrait on a military pendant.
If any Crimean Tatar had hoped that fears about Russia’s occupation of their homeland were unfounded, hope died on Sept 17. The Mejlis, or representative body of the Crimean Tatar People has been given 24 hours to 'vacate' their headquarters in Simferopol. Associations with the Deportation when all Crimean Tatars were given just half an hour to prepare for exile are perhaps exaggerated, however the reminders of Soviet repression are increasing by the day.
Editor's Note: The following is the transcript of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's speech to the Canadian parliament in Ottawa on Sept. 17.
A self-exiled Ukrainian leader's extravagant private mansion inspires awe and disgust. The indulgent details - giant bathtubs and gold-plated doorknobs - are taken as evidence of official graft, even before investigators finish their work. Prosecutors open a case and the Ukrainian government embarks on a desperate struggle to claw back whatever money it can to fill the hole in the state budget left by official corruption and mismanagement.
As the separatist conflict simmers in eastern Ukraine, supporters from both camps fight on in another war - a war of words. The result is a torrent of new slurs - often cryptic, at times clever, always insulting.
We do very little trade with Ukraine and, geopolitically … what happens in Ukraine doesn't pose a direct threat to us,” President Barack Obama declared, almost offhandedly on Sept. 13. His assertion was not made at a major foreign policy forum. It was made in a private home in Baltimore at one in an endless string of political fundraisers, where high income swells pay big money for the novelty of later telling their friends they rubbed shoulders with the president and maybe got to pose a question to the commander-in-chief.
Ukraine's prime minister told the defence ministry on Sept. 17 to ensure that government forces were on full battle alert despite a 12-day ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists.
As Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, arrives in Canada to address both houses of parliament the question of why Canada is not willing to give military support to Ukraine is high on the agenda.
Clashes with police erupted during rallies organized by civic activists in central Kyiv to demand Ukrainian lawmakers to adopt a "lustration" law that stipulates a purge of governmental officials accused of corruption or affiliated with the Soviet-era KGB. The law passed parliament.
President Petro Poroshenko has led a valiant fight, since the day that he was inaugurated, to combat Russian President Vladimir Putin's overwhelming and illegal neo-Soviet aggression against Ukraine. Yet, in conciliatory European and Western fashion, Poroshenko has now boldly advanced in the Ukrainian Parliament a bid for peace against the destruction of Ukraine by Putin and his armies, comprised of the mafiosos of the Donbas and "vacationing Russian soldiers," who have been sent to kill loyal Ukrainians. In return for Poroshenko's generous olive branch, Putin has offered . . . bupkis.