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Ukrainian Hopes, Russian Failings

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV April 17, 2014 MOSCOW — The annexation of Crimea, the media offensive against Kiev and the threat of military force against Ukraine are President Vladimir V. Putin’s ultimate response to Russia’s own failures. His latest actions are a veiled recognition that all of his other efforts to prove that Russia is regaining the…


Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

US, Russia, Ukraine and EU agree measures including end of violence, disarming of illegal groups and amnesty for protesters Julian Borger The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have agreed a plan aimed at defusing the gathering conflict in eastern Ukraine. At a meeting in Geneva which began with low expectations but led to…


East Ukraine: The Revenge of Yanukovych?

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

BALÁZS JARÁBIK APRIL 16, 2014 Days before the Geneva talks—scheduled to take place on April 17 between the EU, Russia, Ukraine and the United States—the actions of pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine have put the Kyiv government in a no-win situation: to do nothing would risk looking helpless and hapless, while a display of force…


Russia Economy Worsens Even Before Sanctions Hit

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

DAVID M. HERSZENHORN APRIL 16, 2014 MOSCOW — Margarita R. Zobnina, a professor of marketing here, has been watching the Russian economy’s gathering woes with mounting alarm: friends who have moved abroad with no plans to return; others who put off new business ventures because of rising uncertainty. Meanwhile, Ms. Zobnina and her husband, Alexander,…


Vladimir Putin Is Accidentally Bringing Eastern and Western Ukraine Together

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

BY Leonid Ragozin April 16, 2014 There are no tank battles or carpet bombings, but war is creeping into Ukraine. When Russia invaded Crimea last month, it was more of a parade—the Ukrainian army put up no real resistance, and the locals were either pleased with the turn of events or apathetic. This time, a…


The U.S. Is Being Routed by Russia in the Information War Over Ukraine

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

By Kevin Rothrock Russia’s isolation grows by the hour. Last month, 100 nations endorsed a U.N. resolution to condemn the annexation of Crimea. Earlier this month, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe deprived Russia of its voting rights in the body. One of the most reposted, regrettably racist, Russian-language tweets in April marvels…


Putin’s Project

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Timothy Snyder 16.04.2014 Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine. Throughout the centuries, the history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. The history of statehood on the territory of Ukraine begins with two archetypically European encounters. Medieval statehood on the territory of…


General and Former Defense Official Urge Nonlethal Military Aid for Ukraine

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

MICHAEL R. GORDON APRIL 15, 2014 WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s military has an urgent need for nonlethal military assistance like body armor, night-vision goggles, communications gear and aviation fuel to defend against a potential Russian attack, according to a new analysis by a former NATO commander and a former Pentagon official. But wary of provoking Russia,…


The cost of Putin’s adventurism in Ukraine

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

David Ignatius April 15, 2014 As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the United States or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it isn’t —…


DISPATCH: The Siege of Sloviansk

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Inside a brewing insurgency as Ukraine sends in the tanks to quell unrest in its chaotic East. BY DAVID PATRIKARAKOS APRIL 15, 2014 Kiev, Ukraine — Large contingents of Ukrainian forces are now on the move near Sloviansk and the nearby town of Kramatorsk, where separatists have also seized a government building. But the mood…