Category Archives: Eastern Ukraine

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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,

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

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

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

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”

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.”

On Context, Comparison, and Dialogue

Dominique Arel Taras Kuzio’s Op/Ed in The Ukrainian Weekly is both a moral indictment and an invitation for scholars to broaden their methods of inquiry. The normative argument is that the Columbia workshop was mostly devoted to “Nazi collaboration,” equated

On Context, Comparison, and Dialogue

Dominique Arel Taras Kuzio’s Op/Ed in The Ukrainian Weekly is both a moral indictment and an invitation for scholars to broaden their methods of inquiry. The normative argument is that the Columbia workshop was mostly devoted to “Nazi collaboration,” equated

Taras Kuzio’s Review of the “Russian and Ukrainian Nationalism” Workshop

Anton Shekhovtsov In his recent article, Taras Kuzio, reviewing the workshop “Russian and Ukrainian Nationalism: Entangled Histories,” (http://www.taraskuzio.net/Files/Kuzio_Columbia.pdf) has made several allegations with regard to my participation which I cannot ignore. First of all, he writes that I “refuse to

Taras Kuzio’s Review of the “Russian and Ukrainian Nationalism” Workshop

Anton Shekhovtsov In his recent article, Taras Kuzio, reviewing the workshop “Russian and Ukrainian Nationalism: Entangled Histories,” (http://www.taraskuzio.net/Files/Kuzio_Columbia.pdf) has made several allegations with regard to my participation which I cannot ignore. First of all, he writes that I “refuse to