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EU-US axis under strain in Ukraine crisis

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

By Andrew Gardner April 16, 2014 US further advanced than divided EU on next stage of sanctions against Russia. The European Union is struggling to stay in step with the United States as together they attempt to face down Russia over its interference in eastern Ukraine. While the US is looking to ratchet up sanctions…


Russian Ruble In Trouble As Putin Says Ukraine Approaching ‘Civil War’

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Kenneth Rapoza Russia might be its own worst enemy at this point. The government’s continued involvement in the ongoing Ukraine political crisis is hurting the economy, and pushing the currency back to its March 15 low of 36.58. On Tuesday, the currency settled at 36.20 to the dollar as violent protests continue in the city…


The Putin Doctrine: Myth, Provocation, Blackmail, or the Real Deal?

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

LILIA SHEVTSOVA When it comes to explaining Russia’s Ukrainian adventurism, the West has attempted to hide behind a wall of myths and hope its problems will just go away. Publishes on April 14, 2014 There are all sorts of reasons to be stunned and perplexed today. Stunned by the reintroduction of the fears and phobias…


You Tube Shatters Russian Lies About Troops In Ukraine: Putin Denies To Obama

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

Paul Roderick Gregory April 14, 2014 “The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, rejected in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama charges that his regime stands behind the separatist unrest in Ukraine. These are speculations that rest on imprecise information, according to President Putin.” Statement of the Putin Administration, April 14, 2014 The facts are…


Putin Pushing World to Something Worse than Cold War, Piontkovsky Says

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, April 15 – Vladimir Putin, in his effort to save his rule by intervening militarily in Ukraine, is pushing the world not toward a new cold war as many say but rather to something far worse and more dangerous, one in which one or another side may in fact view the use…


Suddenly, Europe Is Taking a Harder Line on Russia Sanctions

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

By Carol Matlack and Arne Delfs April 14, 2014 As violence escalates in eastern Ukraine, Europe is moving toward an action some thought it might never take: the imposition of stringent economic sanctions on Russia. Angela Merkel, the Russian-speaking German chancellor whose country has more at stake financially than any other, is leading the charge.…


Why Germans are More Ambivalent About What’s Happening in Ukraine than Anybody Else

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

by Juliane Fuerst There is no other country in which the Ukrainian crisis triggered such a divisive and self-searching debate as in Germany. This is not surprising. Germany, Russia and Ukraine are tied to each other in an uncomfortable embrace of history, politics, economics and personal relations. Germany is Russia’s most important trading partner in…


Ukraine’s Defense Dilemma

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

Posted by: JUDY DEMPSEY MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 Just days before U.S., EU, Ukrainian, and Russian diplomats meet in Geneva to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian militiamen are rushing to establish facts on the ground in Eastern parts of the country. Their actions are creating a hugely difficult dilemma for Kiev. On April 12…


Thoughts from Kyiv – 13.04.2014

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

According to Eastern Rite tradition, the dead are mourned for 40 days. Although deaths are commemorated annually thereafter, after forty days, the lives of survivors are expected to continue. Sunday 31 March happened to be the 40th day after the Yanukovych regime’s sniper safari of Maidan protesters on 20 February. For better or worse, I…


Eyewitness To Kharkiv: Beaten By Putin’s Thugs (Guest Column, English And Russian)

Apr 12th, 2014 | By

The following is a guest column by Sergei Mel’nik, a resident of Kharkiv, Ukraine. It describes the April 9 demonstrations in Kharkiv, in which he was caught up. He posted this account on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=601916009898041&set=a.462923427130634.1073741827.100002389435271&type=1&theater I publish an English translation with his permission. For those who doubt the demonstrations are being infiltrated Russian agents, see…