In the U.S., support for the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014

Nov 17th, 2014 | By

If you are American, please call your Congressman ***today*** to urge him or her to co-sponsor and pass a House equivalent of the U.S. Senate’s Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014. Our Ukrainian American neighbors and friends are united in their support for this bill. The President of Ukraine has asked America for this sort…

The Russian Federal Security Services (FSB) is lying about the affiliation of the Crimean activists with the organization “Right Sector” and terrorist groups.

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

The Crimean civil society activists arrested by FSB in May 2014 were engaged in peaceful public activity and are not involved with the organization “Right Sector”. The Committee on Aid to the Crimean Political Prisoners made a statement that the accusations of FSB against Crimean activists are absurd and affront to common sense. They also consider that “the real reason for their arrest is Russia’s reaction to their participation in the campaigns against the annexation of Crimea as well as the wish to intimidate all Crimean residents who don’t support separatists having seized the power on the peninsula”.

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…

Territory where the Rule of Gun Works. Monitoring Results of Our Mission to Crimea in March 2014

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

The mission of Maidan Monitoring Information Center had been working in Crimean Peninsula since March 14 to March 23 evaluating the state of observance of constitutional rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine. The mission included 12 monitors. They visited all cities and towns and some villages of Crimea.

The Limits of Soft Power

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Michael Cecire | April 1, 2014 The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already punctured much of the prevailing foreign-policy thinking that had become pro forma in Washington and Europe. In particular, the notion that Western unilateral disarmament can somehow be balanced or compensated for with less tangible forms of influence—soft power—has much to answer for…

Mr. Putin: Tear Down That Potemkin Village In Crimea

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Grigory Potemkin, a favorite of Catherine the Great, built fake villages to impress the Czarina on her 1787 inspection tour of the Dnieper region. Potemkin’s carpenters built stage-set villages on the banks of the Dnieper. After the royal barge passed, Potemkin dismantled and rebuilt the village downstream for Catherine to admire the next day and…

The Numbers Vladimir Putin Doesn’t Want You to See

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

by Maureen Orth Russians prefer alternative reality. In the days since Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea, the Russian people are once again feeling good about their country. A robust 63 percent of them say they consider Russia a “great power,” according to a survey released this week by the Levada Center, a respected Russian polling firm.…

Window on Eurasia: Has Putin Decided on a New Period of ‘Phony War’?

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, March 29 – Many have drawn parallels between what Vladimir Putin is doing and how the West is reacting with the Cold War or with the appeasement policies of Munich. But now that Putin has carried out the Crimean Anschluss, a far better analogy for today may be to “the phony war”…

One Ukrainian Officer – Military Unit Commander from SEVASTOPOL – Still Held Captive

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

He was detained by Russian soldiers on March 23 and to date still there is no communication with him.

Tortures in the Crimea, a victim’s witness

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

The aggression was huge and the pressing was tremendous. And several times I started to pray and was ready to lose my life. Nevertheless everything which happened was like a performance as they did not went out of a border. It was their way to frighten us, to show their teeth and then to let us go in order to transmit this message to the society. And they are really sure that Kyiv is captured by some gangsters and they will not let the same in the Crimea.