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What the Ukrainian protests mean

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

Serhiy Kvit 03 January 2014 Issue No:301 The Ukrainian word maidan has Turkish origins. Its closest synonym is the word ‘square’. But maidan is a place for discussing and solving problems that are significant for every member of the community. People do not gather for those reasons regularly. This happens only when something goes wrong…


Coyly Courting Ukraine

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By

What if the EU had offered its neighbor a membership perspective in 2004? by Stefan Meister, Polish Institute of International Affairs In the sixth contribution to the PISM/DGAP counterfactuals series, ECFR’s Stefan Meister examines the lost opportunities argument and presents a three-pronged strategy for drawing Ukraine closer to the EU. A decade ago in Ukraine,…


Putin’s Deal Is No Gift to Gas-Junkie Ukraine

Dec 31st, 2013 | By

By Marc Champion Dec 30, 2013 3:02 PM ET Amazingly, tens of thousands of Ukrainians are still braving the winter cold to protest what they consider to be the sale of their country’s future to Russia. A big part of the deal in dispute was what Russian President Vladimir Putin described as a “fraternal” 33…


Ukrainian World Congress strongly condemns violent attacks on journalist and EuroMaidan activists

Dec 26th, 2013 | By
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The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is shocked by the startling attacks on journalist Tetyana Chornovol and co-organizor of the peaceful EuroMaidan in Kharkiv Dmytro Pylypets that are deliberate attempts to scare or punish journalists and activists of antigovernment actions in Ukraine.According to media reports, during the night of 24 December 2013 journalist Tetyana Chornovol was pursued…


Statement by the International Council in support of Ukraine concerning the Ukraine-Russia strategic partnership agreement

Dec 25th, 2013 | By

Toronto, 23 December 2013 With reference to its statement of 5 December 2013 (http://www.lucorg.com/news.php/news/6978) that, inter alia, condemns Russia’s political and economic aggression against Ukraine, the International Council in Support of Ukraine (ICSU) states the following concerning the signing by President Putin of Russia and President Yanukovych of Ukraine of an Agreement on the Ukraine-Russia…


Local Ukrainians rally in support of protest movement in their homeland

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

By Dan Herbeck | News Staff Reporter | Google+ on December 22, 2013 – 7:28 PM Maria Bodnar hasn’t lived in Ukraine for 71 years, but she still has very strong feelings about the cruelty that her family endured there. Painful emotions surged through the 75-year-old Elma woman Sunday afternoon as she took part in…


Fighting for the Soul of Ukraine

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

Tim Judah “Revolution!” This is what they are shouting in Kiev. Ever since November 21 tens of thousands have been on the streets of the capital of Ukraine, defying the police and bans on demonstrations. On December 8 hundreds of thousands packed the city center, and a granite statue of Lenin was toppled in a…


OP-ED: How Europe Can Help Kiev

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

By SYLVIE KAUFFMANN Published: December 23, 2013 PARIS — On Aug. 1, 1991, President George Bush delivered a memorable speech in Kiev, Ukraine. Poland was free, Germany was reunited, the Soviet empire was falling apart. Yet President Bush, obsessed with stability, warned the Ukrainian people against independence. They should not, he lectured, give in to…


Ukraine Opposition Rallies Protesters to Maidan as Holidays Loom

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

By Daryna Krasnolutska and Kateryna Choursina Dec 22, 2013 10:05 AM ET Ukraine’s opposition urged protesters at a fifth straight Sunday rally to join its new political movement and keep pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych for accepting a $15 billion Russian bailout over European Ukraine’s opposition urged protesters at a fifth straight Sunday rally to…


Ukrainians: Expect-the-Unexpected Nation

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By
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Rory Finnin Friday 20 December 2013 Twice within the span of a decade, Ukraine has riveted the world’s attention with dramatic mass demonstrations in support of political and economic transparency, freedom, and the rule of law. And at these critical junctures in the country’s history, scores of foreign journalists and analysts have appended a proviso…