The “Heavenly Hundred” who fell during the Euromaidan protests and the soldiers who resisted the Russian invasion of Crimea had the potential to contribute to a unifying national narrative in Ukraine. This opportunity was quickly lost, with fighting and rising casualties in Luhansk and Donetsk cementing regional divisions. The failure of President Poroshenko to quickly resolve the conflict or control the rise of independent pro-Kyiv militias ...
- 04.07.2014 14:14:00
Still Running on the Wrong Gauge Tracks
To understand Ukraine’s path towards Europe and its ultimate attainment of European political and economic standards, all you have to do is take a train ride across the border. Before you’re able to cross into Poland – regarded as the model for Ukraine’s ...
- 01.07.2014 15:05:00
The interplay between Ukraine and Russia when it comes to gas geopolitics goes far beyond economic negotiations and development. It lies at the heart of what has been fairly inaccurate or uninformed media reporting in the West. This aspect of the conflict has been so poorly ...
- 19.06.2014 17:56:00
... to create consortiums, like the RIAC-ELN-PISM-USAK one, to elaborate and advocate the idea of Greater Europe. Yet in May 2014 we are further from that than even in the decade preceding the fall of the USSR. The past months’ controversies over Ukraine evidently have a lot do with that, if less as a cause than as proof. Russia’s foreign policy baggage In Russia, geopolitics is undoubtedly still the tune of the day. One of the main reasons for Russia’s rocketing international standing ...
- 18.06.2014 11:38:00
Not that anyone would notice, but there is a disturbing and quite frankly depressing reality taking place in eastern Ukraine. While it is true the conflict that rages has been largely downplayed now and shoved off the media spotlight in the West, whatever coverage does emerge tends to be giving a relative free pass to Ukrainian police forces, special operation forces,...
- 16.06.2014 01:08:00
By the end of 2013 the numerous miscalculations of the Yanukovych regime had deepened the systemic crisis in Ukraine, the crux of which was the tension between the people's hopes of independence and the inefficiency of the country's post-Soviet political and social system. The 2013-2014 revolution in Kiev paved the way for systemic reforms, but at the same time ...
- 11.06.2014 14:52:00
... participating states such as a mutual respect for sovereignty and the inviolability of frontiers as well as non-interference in foreign affairs of participating states. The Helsinki Act now seems all but forgotten as Russia now retains control of Crimea and Ukraine is fighting a civil war to maintain its sovereign borders, while constantly watching the border for Russian intervention. On Sunday, Ukrainians (not including the separatist areas of Ukraine) voted for a new president. The winner seems to be Petro ...
- 30.05.2014 15:08:00
Yesterday, the people of Ukraine have elected a new president. A billionaire, Petro Poroshenko, has a host of daunting tasks at hand. Amid the Kremlin's belligerent policy towards Kiev, Poroshenko has to modernize the economy, diversify Ukraine's gas supplies,...
- 27.05.2014 03:48:00
... tougher with Putin by hitting his inner circle and the oligarchs’ assets in the Eu territory, a hardline already suggested by some american lawmakers and partially put into practice by the United States.
According to him what is at stake in Ukraine is a clash of political systems, one good the other evil. “It’s not a geopolitical fight between Putin end Europe, it’s about the will of these people to live in a normal, decent country without corruption. It’s about that....
- 22.05.2014 11:59:00
... communities that were down-trodden and ignored. Rather, there has been a grinding inexorable plodding progress, at best, of countries that discovered soon enough that identifying the problems was far easier than actually solving them. In that I suspect Ukraine will be no different, no matter how many elections, reforms, or ‘repositions’ the country goes through. But that is not what is most interesting from an academic perspective. Rather, it is the fairly unique set of structural circumstances ...
- 10.05.2014 21:12:00
Author: András Radnóti, Junior Researcher, Russian International Affairs Council. A look at European and Eurasian integration after the Ukraine crisis Abstract: Driven by the negative narratives through which it explains the world, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has launched an ambitious integration project in direct competition with the European Union. Although it is acknowledged by both ...
- 07.05.2014 11:35:00
... books: Deception, on Russia-West espionage, The New Cold War, on Putin’s Russia and the threat it poses to the West, and The Snowden Operation. He is a non-resident fellow at the Washington think-tank CEPA.
Assessing the consequences of the Ukraine crisis for the wider world, commentators’ concerns are manifold. National sovereignty, international law and norms, the European security architecture, dividing lines and polarity within Europe, to mention but a few key concepts. What do ...
- 30.04.2014 17:22:00
Has the crisis in Ukraine damaged Russia's ties with its compatriots abroad? We discussed the current situation with Eugenia Troitskaya, advisor for the Program Implementation Department of the Government Commission on Affairs of Compatriots Abroad at the Federal Agency ...
- 30.04.2014 14:57:00
In Eastern Ukraine, we are seeing an ingenious Russian plot unfold — for the second time. Russian servicemen, wearing no insignia, infiltrate into the area and, capitalising on marginal grassroots separatism, spark unrest. They establish control in a professional ...
- 17.04.2014 16:14:00
... and opinion pieces attesting to military movements here and troop and materiel organization there that can only possibly mean one thing: preparation for a massive Russian incursion into a whole host of different areas, most notably the Eastern half of Ukraine. There are very few American reporters venturing an alternative viewpoint (the accomplished Jim Maceda of NBC News is one of the few). Think tanks and academic institutes are not doing much better. The powerful and extremely influential Foreign ...
- 01.04.2014 17:44:00
In March18, 2014 in Berlin has been presented four scenarios of EU-Ukrainian relation that were developed by a team of 26 civil societies experts, academics and state workers across Ukraine. The event supported by European Council of Foreign Relation www.ecfr.eu and Friedrich-Ebert Foundation www.fes.de and opened a discussion of perspectives, difficulties and trends in modern Ukraine after 2013-2014 Euromaidan revolution. The experts´ ...
- 27.03.2014 14:44:00
Starting to heat up the internet (well, at least in Russia and Eastern Ukraine, while likely not even to be acknowledged in Western Europe) is a hacked telephone call last week between the former Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Nestor Shufrich and the former Prime Minister, recently-freed-from-prison,...
- 25.03.2014 16:26:00
... discontent. It is ironic to consider that as events continue to unfold in Crimea the path that might hold the most hope for future peace and stability is the one that guarantees all sides being at least somewhat disappointed. Allow me to elaborate:
Why Ukraine should be disappointed: Crimea is done. As the famous Southern saying in America goes, ‘closing the barn door after the horses have left doesn’t do much good.’ Authorities in Kiev are understandably displeased. They will remain ...
- 21.03.2014 05:43:00
... of East Central Europe. The Crimean adventure, seasoned with a large amount of the usual disinformation, has occasioned a huge rise in Putin’s popularity — much like the last time in Georgia. He now has the recipe.
But the situation in Ukraine is bound to escalate. It will not come to a Cold War — but it looks like Putin is dead set on testing the limits.
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- 19.03.2014 15:05:00
... Any different reaction to yesterday’s clear, if unfair, results, will seem much too cynical even to Russians, who now — thanks to the lies seen on television —overwhelmingly believe that Putin is fighting to save Russian-speakers in Ukraine, put in real danger by the ‘fascists in Kiev’. The accession has, of course, been planned by the Kremlin — but it is hard to comprehend why.
From the beginning, Russia’s primary interest has been to maintain the ability ...
- 17.03.2014 12:45:00