On Oct. 16, the European Energy Commission published its European Energy Security Strategy on how to limit the potential disruption of reductions of Russian gas supplies to European countries as a consequence of the Russian-Ukrainian War. The European Commission "gas stress tests" show that the damage from a complete halt of Russian gas imports or from a lesser disruption of the Ukrainian transit route can be managed if Europe follows a cooperative approach of free sales of natural gas across borders, infrastructure development, rational storage and other measures.
Human Rights Watch has accused the Ukrainian military of using cluster bombs in the Donbass region. Kyiv denies the allegations and international observers question the reports.
Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it. I attribute this mainly to the fact that the European Union in general and the eurozone in particular lost their way after the financial crisis of 2008.
VIENNA - Russia has refused to increase international monitoring of the border with Ukraine, the United States said on Oct. 22, after European security watchdog OSCE extended its observers' existing mandate at two checkpoints by a month.
Ukraine is ravaged by war, aggravating its economic and financial crisis. It needs major reforms but also substantial international assistance, not only credits but also ample grants. Its emergency calls for a Marshall Plan.
Russian special forces plotted a series of armed attacks against Ukrainian cabinet ministers and several other targets in Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv this week, according to a spokesperson for Ukraine's counter-intelligence services (SSU), after a weapons cache was uncovered.
With the campaign for the Oct. 26 parliamentary race in its final days, a new poll conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation on Oct. 9-18 found that the Bloc of President Petro Poroshenko will get 30 percent of the vote, followed by Oleh Lyashko's Radical Party with 13 percent, and 11 percent for the People's Front party lead by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
While Ukraine officially considers Crimea “temporarily occupied,” the peninsula will have no direct representation from any of its 12 electoral districts – for the first time in Ukraine’s independent history – in the next Verkhovna Rada.
Last week's synod of bishops at the Vatican has been making headlines across international media concentrating on issues of homosexuality and divorce. One incident that the media has widely omitted to report is the scathing public verbal assault by the Russian Orthodox Church against the Church in Ukraine.
Boeing, the giant Chicago-headquartered airplane maker, has opened an office in Kyiv after launching a corporate design center in November 2013. Previously, company has been doing all its business in this part of the world through its Moscow office.
Ukraine has two nonnegotiable priorities in its ongoing war with Russia: survival and reform. Ukraine must survive as a sovereign democratic state in the short term if it is to reform, and it must reform itself in the medium term in order to survive and become a prosperous and secure sovereign democratic state in the long term. Both goals can be best advanced if Ukraine washes its hands of the enclave of the Donbas region that Russia and its proxies now control.
WARSAW - The speaker of Poland's parliament, Radoslaw Sikorski, said on Oct. 21 he had mis-remembered when he told an interviewer that Russian President Vladimir Putin had proposed that Warsaw and Moscow occupy Ukraine and divide it between them.
Russians pulled 52.6 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) out of ruble deposits in September as Moscow battled to keep its currency afloat amid plummeting oil prices, high capital outflows and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, business daily Vedomosti reported on Oct. 21, citing data from the Central Bank.
Human Rights Watch, an influential human rights watchdog, claimed in its report on Oct. 20 that Ukraine forces have used banned and dangerous cluster bombs in its war against Russian-backed separatists in the east.
WARSAW, Poland - A former Polish foreign minister has come under fire from the prime minister and political opponents for giving a U.S. magazine interview in which he allegedly said Russia's president offered Poland the opportunity to jointly carve up Ukraine in 2008.
Western leaders boast that the sanctions slapped on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are inflicting real pain, and that's true -- even if Russia's macroeconomic indicators still don’t look worse than those of France, Italy or even Germany. But there's no indication that the punishment is having a salutary effect on Vladimir Putin. In a quick but high-profile trip to meet leaders in Milan last week, the Russian ruler was no more disposed than he has been to retreat from Ukraine or his larger neoimperialist agenda.
President Obama's failed reset and his weak response to Putin's War Against Ukraine stuck him with a reputation of indecisiveness and naïveté, reinforced by cumulating foreign policy failures. Obama, unlike Angela Merkel, members of Congress of both parties, and, lately, Hillary Clinton, still appears to be late to understand Putin's global threat and his goal to destroy NATO. With one intense bill-of-particulars against Putin, Obama coukd outline his plan to stop Putin's expansionism before it is too late. Such a move could save the last two years of Obama’s presidency. Here is what Obama should say.
Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves.
In the conflict between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists, both sides have been accused of atrocities, including execution-style killings. But there’s a propaganda war going on too, and it has led to not only exaggerations about the number of executions, but a culture in which deaths and injuries sustained in battle are kept off the books in hospitals and other official tallies, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has detected a subversive organization whose leaders were recruited by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).