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West Hangs Ukraine Out To Dry

Marco Levytsky Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is offering “special status” to areas in eastern Ukraine; however he is ruling out federalization and says Ukraine will remain united. But what this “special status” actually means is unclear and it also poses

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West Hangs Ukraine Out To Dry

Marco Levytsky Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is offering “special status” to areas in eastern Ukraine; however he is ruling out federalization and says Ukraine will remain united. But what this “special status” actually means is unclear and it also poses

Preparing for New Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

David Marples Two years after the previous elections for the Ukrainian Parliament, a new election campaign is underway. The vote will take place on October 26 under the most difficult conditions the independent state has ever faced. What is the

Preparing for New Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

David Marples Two years after the previous elections for the Ukrainian Parliament, a new election campaign is underway. The vote will take place on October 26 under the most difficult conditions the independent state has ever faced. What is the

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Assessing Ukraine’s Options

David Marples We have entered a new stage in the lengthy conflict in Eastern Ukraine, one in which regular Russian army units have provided direct manpower and materiel to the so-called People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The latter were

Karta ATO

Assessing Ukraine’s Options

David Marples We have entered a new stage in the lengthy conflict in Eastern Ukraine, one in which regular Russian army units have provided direct manpower and materiel to the so-called People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The latter were

Keep calm

@FuckYouPutin

David Marples Slowly, the Ukrainian government’s Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) is succeeding, as the anti-Kyiv insurgents are reduced to small areas within the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The future is far from clear since there is no guarantee that all

Keep calm

@FuckYouPutin

David Marples Slowly, the Ukrainian government’s Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) is succeeding, as the anti-Kyiv insurgents are reduced to small areas within the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The future is far from clear since there is no guarantee that all

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A tale of ugliness: four months of separatism in Eastern Ukraine

Argemino Barro “There will not be a war, that’s for sure,” a source from the French consulate in Donetsk told me. April dawned and Ukraine had left behind a turbulent month. Putin answered the overthrow of his ally Yanukovych by

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A tale of ugliness: four months of separatism in Eastern Ukraine

Argemino Barro “There will not be a war, that’s for sure,” a source from the French consulate in Donetsk told me. April dawned and Ukraine had left behind a turbulent month. Putin answered the overthrow of his ally Yanukovych by

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The Ukrainian Army is Unprepared for War

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat The recent news in Ukraine, from the perspective of the government side, has been very positive. At least sixty settlements have been recaptured from the anti-Kyiv forces led by the Russian officers Vladimir Antyufeyev and

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The Ukrainian Army is Unprepared for War

David Marples and Myroslava Uniat The recent news in Ukraine, from the perspective of the government side, has been very positive. At least sixty settlements have been recaptured from the anti-Kyiv forces led by the Russian officers Vladimir Antyufeyev and

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THE AFTERMATH OF MH17

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

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THE AFTERMATH OF MH17

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

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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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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