Category Archives: Donbas

WHAT TO DO WITH THE DONBAS: PHASE 3

David Marples On July 16, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko steered the draft law to provide more autonomy for separatist-occupied areas of the Donbas through Parliament and to the Constitutional Court for approval. Though the motion passed convincingly (288 votes in

WHAT TO DO WITH THE DONBAS: PHASE 3

David Marples On July 16, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko steered the draft law to provide more autonomy for separatist-occupied areas of the Donbas through Parliament and to the Constitutional Court for approval. Though the motion passed convincingly (288 votes in

VOLODYMYR VIATROVYCH AND UKRAINE’S DE-COMMUNIZATION LAWS

David Marples Volodymyr Viatrovych’s response to the Open Letter [http://krytyka.com/en/solutions/opinions/decommunization-and-academic-discussion], written and signed by some 70 scholars from North America, Western Europe, and Ukraine in response to the April 9, 2015, laws makes a number of unwarranted assumptions about our intentions

VOLODYMYR VIATROVYCH AND UKRAINE’S DE-COMMUNIZATION LAWS

David Marples Volodymyr Viatrovych’s response to the Open Letter [http://krytyka.com/en/solutions/opinions/decommunization-and-academic-discussion], written and signed by some 70 scholars from North America, Western Europe, and Ukraine in response to the April 9, 2015, laws makes a number of unwarranted assumptions about our intentions

ETHNIC AND SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF UKRAINE’S REGIONS AND VOTING PATTERNS

David Marples This paper looks at the ethnic and social makeup of Ukrainian regions and its impact on voting patterns over the past two decades. While skeptical of a simplistic division of the country through spoken language and ethnic affiliation,

ETHNIC AND SOCIAL COMPOSITION OF UKRAINE’S REGIONS AND VOTING PATTERNS

David Marples This paper looks at the ethnic and social makeup of Ukrainian regions and its impact on voting patterns over the past two decades. While skeptical of a simplistic division of the country through spoken language and ethnic affiliation,

The People’s Republics Cast Their Votes

David Marples November 2 was election day in the Donbas, the second election in the history of the “People’s Republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk (henceforth the DNR and LNR). On May 12, 2014, following referendums the previous day, the republics

The People’s Republics Cast Their Votes

David Marples November 2 was election day in the Donbas, the second election in the history of the “People’s Republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk (henceforth the DNR and LNR). On May 12, 2014, following referendums the previous day, the republics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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,

‘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,

‘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,

A UKRAINIAN THESAURUS IN RUSSIAN

Tanya Zaharchenko Much has been written about Ukraine lately, as commentators continue 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, this

A UKRAINIAN THESAURUS IN RUSSIAN

Tanya Zaharchenko Much has been written about Ukraine lately, as commentators continue 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, this

THE WAR OVER UKRAINE

David Marples The tragic events in Odesa indicate the escalating war in Ukraine: from separatists, to ultras, football fans, or the Right Sector, the groups involved are fanatical and determined, though it is not always clear what their respective desired

THE WAR OVER UKRAINE

David Marples The tragic events in Odesa indicate the escalating war in Ukraine: from separatists, to ultras, football fans, or the Right Sector, the groups involved are fanatical and determined, though it is not always clear what their respective desired