Category Archives: Ukraine and Russia

Ukraine at 24

David Marples On its 24th anniversary, Ukraine’s problems continue to multiply: the GDP continues to fall, if not as catastrophically as last year and the possibility of default in payment of debts remains high; the Minsk-2 ceasefire barely holds in

Ukraine at 24

David Marples On its 24th anniversary, Ukraine’s problems continue to multiply: the GDP continues to fall, if not as catastrophically as last year and the possibility of default in payment of debts remains high; the Minsk-2 ceasefire barely holds in

Comparing Maidan 2004 with Euromaidan 2014

David Marples Several analysts have examined the links between the so-called Orange Revolution in Ukraine of 2004 and EuroMaidan in 2013-14. There were also other earlier mass protests in the Maidan, including one by students in 1990 that played a

Comparing Maidan 2004 with Euromaidan 2014

David Marples Several analysts have examined the links between the so-called Orange Revolution in Ukraine of 2004 and EuroMaidan in 2013-14. There were also other earlier mass protests in the Maidan, including one by students in 1990 that played a

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

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

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

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

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.”

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

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

Consequences and False Dominoes: The Crisis in and over Ukraine

Tarik Cyril Amar Origins: Elections have Consequences Ukraine has turned from “borderland” to “on the edge,” the scene of a frightening act of collective brinksmanship. How did we get here? Clearly, the trigger (but not more) for the current Ukrainian

Consequences and False Dominoes: The Crisis in and over Ukraine

Tarik Cyril Amar Origins: Elections have Consequences Ukraine has turned from “borderland” to “on the edge,” the scene of a frightening act of collective brinksmanship. How did we get here? Clearly, the trigger (but not more) for the current Ukrainian

EuroMaidan and Crimea: Recapping Five Months of Change in Ukraine

David Marples From November 2013 to the end of February 2014, protesters gathered on Kyiv’s central square, in a series of demonstrations known as the Euro-Maidan. These protests have involved several distinct stages, culminating in what some analysts have called

EuroMaidan and Crimea: Recapping Five Months of Change in Ukraine

David Marples From November 2013 to the end of February 2014, protesters gathered on Kyiv’s central square, in a series of demonstrations known as the Euro-Maidan. These protests have involved several distinct stages, culminating in what some analysts have called