In Depth

The de Villiers’, the French Chief of Staff and the Mistral Deal

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

Philippe de Villiers, the French far-right politician, made headlines when he met with Vladimir Putin at Kremlin on 14 August. Is it just a coincidence that Philippe’s brother, Pierre de Villiers, is Chief of Staff of the French Army, or is the Russian regime up to its old tricks corrupting top western decision makers? Whichever is true, the fact is that France remains attached to its policy of arming Russia, recently with two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, while denying support to the Ukraine.

Why Do They Hate Us?

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

We understood that people like this guy simply refuse to admit that Ukraine is NOT Russia and that Ukraine is a direct descendant of the Kyivan Rus’, while what is now called “Russia” is something that formed much later, during the times when the Mongolian “Golden Horde” ruled over the so-called Zaleshans’ki Zemli, i.e. the lands that were way northeast of Rus’. Overall, with some exceptions, Russians tend to be sympathetic to Ukrainians ONLY if Ukrainians agree that they are “also Russians.”

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.

How to Beat Down a Bully

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

There’s only one way to stop Putin’s ugly new doctrine of irregular intervention — hit back even harder. By Jefferey A. Stacey, John Herbst August 16, 2014 The international community is at long last beginning to take a strong stand against Moscow’s aggression in eastern Ukraine. There is solid evidence indicating not only that Malaysia…

Thoughts from Kyiv – 14.08.2014

Aug 15th, 2014 | By

Thoughts from Kyiv is brought to you by Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. Below are his thoughts and writings on the situation in Ukraine. “Putin has monkeys in his head!” “No he doesn’t – they’re mushrooms!” This…

Edward Lucas: Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: what is Russia and what the West can do with it

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

Testimony of Mr. Edward Lucas Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor Center for European Policy Analysis Washington, DC July 8, 2014 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on European Affairs Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. It is an honor and a privilege to give testimony to this committee and I would like to…

Comments on anti-corruption effort in Ukraine

Jul 28th, 2014 | By

The corrupt political elite will resist the changes that take away opportunities for corruption but will welcome new legislation that allows for (selective) prosecution of corrupt officials in order to extract favor, revenues, and strengthen their power in other ways. Thus, there is the danger that the anti-corruption effort will fail to be systemic and will be hijacked by reactionaries.

Carl Bildt on European Security

Jun 26th, 2014 | By

The 21st century might well turn out to be very different from what we dreamt of in the golden decades immediately after the momentous changes that happened a quarter of a century ago. It certainly was not the end of history.

Krasny Lyman – Ukrainian North Of Donbas

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

As a result of airstrikes by Ukrainian Air Forces, the railway station, the railroad bed and the hospital where terrorists concentrated their forces were damaged; however, the structures can be easily restored. Due to coordinated and professional actions of the Ukrainian army there were no civilian casualties. Actually, the correct behavior of Ukrainian soldiers was confirmed even by local supporters of terrorists. Now the situation in the town is controlled; the damaged buildings are being repaired. As a consequence of the historical events, Krasny Lyman which essentially belongs to South Slobozhanshchina but in fact is the “North Gate of Donbas”, has reached a crisis point in understanding its self-identification.

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.