Ukrainian nationalist saboteurs blew up transformers and cut power lines to Crimea on Nov. 21 in an attempt to punish Russia for annexing the peninsula last year. Crimea relies on Ukraine for nearly all its electricity, and most of its 2m residents have been plunged into darkness, dependent on emergency generators and candles.
I wonder what happened to Vladimir Putin the grandmaster? I had given up counting the commentaries casting the Russian president as a daring, decisive foil to a collection of feeble, vacillating leaders in the world’s advanced democracies. The hyperbole was always just that. Now we are catching a glimpse of Russia’s real vulnerability.
Watching the shaking, blazing footage of a Russian jet downed by the Turkish air force one question was running through millions of people's minds - is this what the start of World War Three looks like?
Increasing NATO's speed has become Lieutenant General Ben Hodges' mantra. Every time that Russia holds snap exercises moving tens of thousands of men across vast distances, the United States is surprised, the commander of the U.S. Army in Europe said in an interview last week.
Ukrainian Grain Association and the information-analytical agency APK-Inform recently held the first round of the Ukrainian Agrarian Congress, which focused on the most topical issues of development of the agrarian sector of Ukraine and the world market of agricultural products.
In April 2014, angry mobs and armed men stormed administrative buildings and police stations in eastern Ukraine, waving Russian flags and proclaiming the establishment of "Peoples' Republic" in Donetsk and Luhansk.
When it comes to relations with Russia, the Kremlin wants the West to choose between sticking by its diplomatic guns on Ukraine or working arm-in-arm in Syria.
A month and a half ago, while traveling along the frontlines of eastern Ukraine, I predicted that the Minsk II ceasefire agreements would not be respected by the Kremlin and its puppet Peoples' Republics. It was clear to me - in spite of a tentative ceasefire put in place on Oct. 2 - that the situation in the Donbas would continue to deteriorate.
We all knew it would happen, whether off the coast of Alaska, over the Baltic Sea, or in the Middle East. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been routinely challenging the NATO airspace for months, well before entering the Syrian conflict. Military experts warned that Russian aircraft flying in crowded airspace with transponders off is a recipe for disaster.
Almost a century ago, the Bolsheviks could not secure their victory and retain power over the vast Russian Empire without controlling Ukraine, which used to be the resourse base of the entire region. The Communists brought together overwhelming force to destroy the newly independent Ukrainian People’s Republic, which emerged in 1918. Ukraine lost this battle, yet the fight for freedom continued. The sole fact that Ukrainian territories were not annexed and incorporated into Russia, but assembled as a Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, demonstrated that the war had exhausted both sides. However, this status quo was short-lived.
What makes a government “legitimate”? Well, being elected in a free and fair manner, by an educated population choosing from a varied choice of candidates, each of whom had equal opportunities to vie for votes, is certainly a very good start, but equally certainly that’s not the end of it.
Only three short hours of Turkey announcing it had shot down a Russian warplane for violating its airspace, an unusual phrase appeared as a new trending topic on Twitter: "World War 3." The conversation is both joking and not joking.
Putin has a big problem in Syria - one to which Western coverage of the Russian military intervention in Syria has not paid much attention.
Over a month after a shocking racist attack on black football fans in Kyiv, the journalist initiative #Bukvy has published an article, backed by footage, implicating a police officer and parliamentary aide and members of the Azov Civic Corps (a support group for controversial Azov battalion) in the violence. This comes after a top police official went on record denying any racist motives for the attack, and President Petro Poroshenko said that he had been informed it was all Russian provocation, aimed at discrediting Ukraine.
As cities finished counting the votes from Ukraine's second round of mayoral elections, Mariupol and Krasnoarmiisk in the Donetsk region still haven't held elections. Mariupol, which over the last nineteen months has been a strategic target of pro-Russian separatists, has become a political battleground.
As French President Francois Hollande visits both Washington and Moscow to solicit aid in fighting Islamic State (IS), which has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris that claimed 130 lives, his options seem few.
A military panel of Russia's Supreme Court has taken just hours to "examine" and reject the appeal lodged by Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. Sentsov is facing a 20-year sentence, Kolchenko 10 years after a trial described as "absolutely Stalinist" and "ideologically motivated state terror".