Category Archives: Russian-Ukrainian relations

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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

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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

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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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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

CRIMEAN “REFERENDUM” A GROTESQUE FARCE

Halya Coynash Nobody expected a proper “referendum” from the puppet government in the Crimea, but it would be difficult to imagine anything more farcical than the ballot paper posted on the Crimean parliament’s website. The document, in three languages – Russian,

CRIMEAN “REFERENDUM” A GROTESQUE FARCE

Halya Coynash Nobody expected a proper “referendum” from the puppet government in the Crimea, but it would be difficult to imagine anything more farcical than the ballot paper posted on the Crimean parliament’s website. The document, in three languages – Russian,

EUROMAIDAN: IS THERE AN END GAME?

 David Marples  Is EuroMaidan going to change the face of Ukraine irrevocably or can the forces of the government and President Viktor Yanukovych recover? Is this Ukraine’s version of an Arab Spring or something that ultimately will change little?  We

EUROMAIDAN: IS THERE AN END GAME?

 David Marples  Is EuroMaidan going to change the face of Ukraine irrevocably or can the forces of the government and President Viktor Yanukovych recover? Is this Ukraine’s version of an Arab Spring or something that ultimately will change little?  We

Uneasy, Disturbing Developments in Ukraine

I. Konotop No matter how composed you think you are you can’t help but feel a bit shaken by the events of the last three days in Kyiv. Twenty years of living in Ukraine have long ago lulled me into a sense of ‘protest as

Uneasy, Disturbing Developments in Ukraine

I. Konotop No matter how composed you think you are you can’t help but feel a bit shaken by the events of the last three days in Kyiv. Twenty years of living in Ukraine have long ago lulled me into a sense of ‘protest as

What do Ukrainians want?

David Marples The mass protests in Ukraine that began last Sunday brought back memories of the Orange Revolution of 2004. But to what extent do they reflect sentiment throughout Ukraine? Many media accounts have reduced the impasse to a simplistic

What do Ukrainians want?

David Marples The mass protests in Ukraine that began last Sunday brought back memories of the Orange Revolution of 2004. But to what extent do they reflect sentiment throughout Ukraine? Many media accounts have reduced the impasse to a simplistic

Mission Improbable

Who’s Oiling the Propaganda Machine? Halya Coynash The propaganda preparations behind the refusal to release Tymoshenko and rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement began months ago, gaining momentum through November.  While Russian pressure and strangulation of the economy were undoubtedly

Mission Improbable

Who’s Oiling the Propaganda Machine? Halya Coynash The propaganda preparations behind the refusal to release Tymoshenko and rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement began months ago, gaining momentum through November.  While Russian pressure and strangulation of the economy were undoubtedly