To the families of the 298 passengers who died over Ukraine on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 more than a year ago, a long-awaited Dutch investigation into the cause of the crash must be satisfying and frustrating in equal measure. The report confirms that the plane was shot down by a Russian-built surface-to-air missile, as long suspected, but not by whom or from exactly where.
The Dutch report on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was not supposed to apportion blame. Yet the report released on Oct. 13 by the Dutch Safety Board clearly shows that no side is innocent in eastern Ukraine's now-frozen conflict.
One way to define Barack Obama’s foreign policy is as a Doctrine of Restraint. It is clear, not least to the Kremlin, that this president is skeptical of the efficacy of military force, wary of foreign interventions that may become long-term commitments, convinced the era of American-imposed solutions is over, and inclined to see the United States as less an indispensable power than an indispensable partner. He has, in effect, been talking down American power.
President Obama, during an oddly confrontational 60 minutes interview on Syria, managed to slip in a pretty good jab at Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He was responding to a question from interviewer Steve Kroft. Much of the DC punditry has hailed Putin's military intervention in Syria as brilliant and bold, complaining that Putin's predilection for action — even when that action is self-defeating — makes him a better leader than Obama.
Editor's Note: The following remarks are edited from a speech that U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt made at the Odesa Financial Forum on Sept. 24.
Eskender Nebiyev, a cameraman for the independent Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, has been taken into custody again on absurd charges relating to a pre-annexation demonstration in Crimea on Feb. 26, 2014. The occupation regime is holding Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and two other Crimean Tatars in custody over a protest they have no jurisdiction over.
If Moscow's foreign hostages are currently all Ukrainian, the recent abduction, detention and long sentence of Estonian Eston Kohver and the Russian media's increasing anti-western hysteria demonstrated that no foreign national should feel totally immune. A number of Ukrainian nationals were illegally seized in Russia during 2014, held in detention without proper lawyers or access to Ukrainian consulate staff and most had surreal "confessions" tortured out of them.
Less than two weeks after Russia began airstrikes in Syria, a large percentage of Russians have now changed their opinion and support the military intervention. How could they not when all mainstream television channels are presenting Russia as the saviour and only country willing to properly fight the Islamic State?
Western officials who pronounce themselves puzzled about Vladimir Putin's intentions in Syria are missing some big clues. There is a clear model for the campaign Russia is pursuing on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a legacy that is Putin’s pride: Chechnya.
RHODES, Greece - Every October, Kremlin sympathizers gather on this mythical Greek island. This year's edition, coming amidst political ructions in Moscow and Russia's surprise intervention in Syria, had an unusual flavor.
This choice of caption in the German language suggests that Europe is now at the receiving end of confrontation between West and Russia.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences often stirs controversy with its choice of Nobel laureates in literature. Or, rather, it loves to bait dictators, reactionaries, racists and anti-Semites. By giving this year’s Prize to Belarus’ Svetlana Alexievich, it certainly raised a bunch important questions for the entire post-Soviet and Russian-speaking community.
There's no real mystery as to who will win the presidential election here Sunday.
United States' Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that four Russian cruise missiles fell in Iran rather than in Syria.
'They said it would be easy - just go to Maidan (Square), hang out a little, and then go back,' a young protestor tells the camera in the first few minutes of 'Winter on Fire,' a new documentary on Ukraine's revolution last year.
For the second time in a week, the de facto authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea have publicly claimed via Russia's official RIA Novosti that Crimean Tatar leaders are recruiting Crimean Tatars to become Islamic State fighters.
The West shouldn't mistake Russia's warring in Syria as a sign of strength.