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Who and why is writing off Ukraine?

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

I am not military expert and I never pretended to be one. It is however at least short sighted, if not ignorant, to observe war situation only from the military perspective. There are many other important areas, like diplomacy or economy, that can have just as strong impact on the final outcome of the conflict.…

Reply to article “Why Ukraine is losing”

Jan 20th, 2015 | By

Tudjman was criticised for not providing enough help to embattled Vukovar. Response to article Why Ukraine is losing. by Marko Pinteric Author correctly points to many similarities between Croatian war of independence and Russia aggression against Ukraine. However, many conclusions based on similarities are either far fetched or premature. As of military tactics, both Milosevic…

Ukrainian pride

Dec 9th, 2014 | By

So what exactly makes west Ukrainians so hostile toward Russians?  The experience of relatively benign rule of Austria-Hungary before first world war is imprinted in their collective memory.  Russians are incapable to comprehend of that simple fact.  Their inability of self-reflection forces them to find the source of their problems in others, Ukrainians, Germans, Americans, never in themselves.

Diplomatic solution – reality or dream?

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

There are currently lots of speculations about negotiations and possible diplomatic solution to military conflict in Donbas. I am however very skeptical about the success. Of course I am not diplomat, so hereafter is purely my personal opinion.

Grim reaper

Jun 14th, 2014 | By

Today I was mowing the old-fashioned way, using the scythe. And it is easy to imagine why scythe is symbol of death – with just one stroke, dozens of stems fall helplessly. But today, it is not grim reaper that holds the scythe, it is Russia. And it is not yellow crop under blue sky being…

Lessons of Croatia for Ukraine: Nikola Šubić Zrinski song

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

Croatia has gained independence only recently, nevertheless during Middle ages it was independent state and even after losing independence, it retained certain degree of autonomy up to the First world war. This means that through the most of its history Croatian nobility existed and Croatian soldiers had chance to fight for its homeland, not merely for the foreign ruler.

Lessons of Croatia for Ukraine. Yugoslav wars

May 27th, 2014 | By

There have been suggestions from several persons (including myself) that studying history of Yugoslav Wars could be beneficial for understanding the things and decision making in Ukraine. These conflicts are arguably the most similar historical events and both similarities and differences could help to provide better understanding and better prediction of the developments in the territories of the former Soviet Union.