MH17

THE AFTERMATH OF MH17

David Marples The massive outpouring of media commentary and analysis following the tragic loss of lives on the downed Dutch airliner has given much pause for thought. Three items in attracted my attention, one from the perspective of misreading the

MH17

THE AFTERMATH OF MH17

David Marples The massive outpouring of media commentary and analysis following the tragic loss of lives on the downed Dutch airliner has given much pause for thought. Three items in attracted my attention, one from the perspective of misreading the

Slavyansk

After Slaviansk

David Marples The loss of Slaviansk to Ukrainian government forces has placed the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DNR and LNR) in a quandary. Can the war be continued from the main oblast centers and, if so, for

Slavyansk

After Slaviansk

David Marples The loss of Slaviansk to Ukrainian government forces has placed the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DNR and LNR) in a quandary. Can the war be continued from the main oblast centers and, if so, for

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PUTIN’S DWINDLING OPTIONS IN UKRAINE

David Marples Vladimir Putin’s options in Ukraine appear to be diminishing as the war in the Donbas continues, despite an official ceasefire initiated on June 20 by Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko. After almost four months of conflict, which began

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PUTIN’S DWINDLING OPTIONS IN UKRAINE

David Marples Vladimir Putin’s options in Ukraine appear to be diminishing as the war in the Donbas continues, despite an official ceasefire initiated on June 20 by Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko. After almost four months of conflict, which began

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IGOR STRELKOV—MOSCOW AGENT OR MILITARY ROMANTIC?

David Marples On June 11, the self-proclaimed myor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, was placed under arrest for actions inconsistent with his duties, most notably unwarranted spending of money (http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_13/Vladimir-Pavlenko-appointment-new-mayor-of-Slavyansk-3417/). The order to remove him was given by the military commander

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IGOR STRELKOV—MOSCOW AGENT OR MILITARY ROMANTIC?

David Marples On June 11, the self-proclaimed myor of Slavyansk, Vyacheslav Ponomarev, was placed under arrest for actions inconsistent with his duties, most notably unwarranted spending of money (http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_06_13/Vladimir-Pavlenko-appointment-new-mayor-of-Slavyansk-3417/). The order to remove him was given by the military commander

UKRAINE, Donetsk - Coal miners line up to give out their equipment prior to leaving the Zasyadko mine following their work shift in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on June 6, 2014.

‘KING COAL’ AND THE FUTURE OF THE UKRAINIAN DONBAS

David Marples The separatist insurgence in Donetsk and Luhansk has raised questions about the future of this region as part of Ukraine. Opinion polls suggest that the supporters of separatism constitute only a small minority (http://uacrisis.org/kiis-survey-ukraines-southeast/). On the other hand,

UKRAINE, Donetsk - Coal miners line up to give out their equipment prior to leaving the Zasyadko mine following their work shift in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on June 6, 2014.

‘KING COAL’ AND THE FUTURE OF THE UKRAINIAN DONBAS

David Marples The separatist insurgence in Donetsk and Luhansk has raised questions about the future of this region as part of Ukraine. Opinion polls suggest that the supporters of separatism constitute only a small minority (http://uacrisis.org/kiis-survey-ukraines-southeast/). On the other hand,

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The Kremlin’s Propaganda Coup in Donetsk

Halya Coynash Russian President Vladimir Putin must be feeling very pleased with himself.  The EU has all but retreated behind calls for ‘frank and open dialogue’ while US expressions of concern about Chechen and other foreign fighters entering Ukraine from Russia for the moment

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The Kremlin’s Propaganda Coup in Donetsk

Halya Coynash Russian President Vladimir Putin must be feeling very pleased with himself.  The EU has all but retreated behind calls for ‘frank and open dialogue’ while US expressions of concern about Chechen and other foreign fighters entering Ukraine from Russia for the moment

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Poroshenko’s Finlandization and Non-Bloc Status vs Tymoshenko’s NATO Membership

Taras Kuzio Support for NATO membership is at an all-time high of 44% – the highest it has ever been was in the late 1990s (before the emergence of the anti-NATO and anti-American Party of Regions) when it was a

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Poroshenko’s Finlandization and Non-Bloc Status vs Tymoshenko’s NATO Membership

Taras Kuzio Support for NATO membership is at an all-time high of 44% – the highest it has ever been was in the late 1990s (before the emergence of the anti-NATO and anti-American Party of Regions) when it was a

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A UKRAINIAN THESAURUS IN RUSSIAN

Tanya Zaharchenko Much has been written about Ukraine lately, with commentators continuing to offer competing interpretations of the recent complex and gruelling events in this diverse and dynamic Eastern European country. Rather than recount the chronology of these events yet

East and West together

A UKRAINIAN THESAURUS IN RUSSIAN

Tanya Zaharchenko Much has been written about Ukraine lately, with commentators continuing to offer competing interpretations of the recent complex and gruelling events in this diverse and dynamic Eastern European country. Rather than recount the chronology of these events yet

Ukraine-Maidan

ON THE LOGIC OF NATION/STATE-BUILDING/BREAKING IN “UKRAINE”

Oleksandr Melnyk The events of recent months: “Euro-Maidan revolution” in Kyiv; Russia’s annexation of Crimea; the emergence of a pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern and southern regions (clandestinely supported by the government of the Russian Federation); and the “counter-terrorist operation”

Ukraine-Maidan

ON THE LOGIC OF NATION/STATE-BUILDING/BREAKING IN “UKRAINE”

Oleksandr Melnyk The events of recent months: “Euro-Maidan revolution” in Kyiv; Russia’s annexation of Crimea; the emergence of a pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern and southern regions (clandestinely supported by the government of the Russian Federation); and the “counter-terrorist operation”

“Referendum” Day in the Donbas

Marta Dyczok What is a referendum? According to the Oxford English Dictionary it is: “The process or principle of referring an important political question (e.g. a proposed constitutional change) to be decided by a general vote of the entire electorate.”

“Referendum” Day in the Donbas

Marta Dyczok What is a referendum? According to the Oxford English Dictionary it is: “The process or principle of referring an important political question (e.g. a proposed constitutional change) to be decided by a general vote of the entire electorate.”

INTOLERANCE TOWARDS WESTERN EXPERTS ON UKRAINE

Taras Kuzio This week on Facebook I was attacked as not being a “Western expert” because I am critical of Petro Poroshenko’s biography and have a preference from the two leading presidential candidates for Yulia Tymoshenko. Such attacks say more

INTOLERANCE TOWARDS WESTERN EXPERTS ON UKRAINE

Taras Kuzio This week on Facebook I was attacked as not being a “Western expert” because I am critical of Petro Poroshenko’s biography and have a preference from the two leading presidential candidates for Yulia Tymoshenko. Such attacks say more

UKRAINE’S CRISIS AND THE “WHAT IF” IN UKRAINIAN HISTORY

Taras Kuzio In completing the writing of my 1,200-page Contemporary History of Ukraine (which will be published as an 800-page book) that spans Ukrainian history from 1953 to the present, I was often forced to ask the question of “What

UKRAINE’S CRISIS AND THE “WHAT IF” IN UKRAINIAN HISTORY

Taras Kuzio In completing the writing of my 1,200-page Contemporary History of Ukraine (which will be published as an 800-page book) that spans Ukrainian history from 1953 to the present, I was often forced to ask the question of “What