Politics

Spies, lies and video taken

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

THE Ukrainian drama becomes ever darker. Armed rebels who hold the eastern Ukrainian town of Sloviansk today paraded seven captured European military officers whom they have held since Friday. They were introduced by the self-proclaimed mayor, Vyacheslav Ponomarev. In an extraordinarily dignified performance Colonel Axel Schneider from Germany said: “We are not prisoners of war,…


Russia action ‘price worth paying’

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

William Hague has insisted damage to the British economy from imposing trade sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis would be a “price worth paying”. The Foreign Secretary said the EU, US and allies would be bringing forward further travel bans and asset freezes against Moscow over the coming days as punishment for its “bullying”…


Ukrainian Extremists Will Only Triumph if Russia Invades

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

BY TIMOTHY SNYDER The history of statehood on the territory of Ukraine begins with two archetypically European encounters. Medieval statehood on the territory of today’s Ukraine, like that of France and England, includes an encounter with Vikings. The men from the north sought to establish a trade route between the Baltic and Black Seas, and…


The New Adventures of Old Ukraine

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Eugene Rumer April 24, 2014 It is must be easy to be overcome with emotion after visiting the Maidan and seeing the makeshift memorial to the fallen. To a visitor, signs of change must be everywhere—evidence of recent heroic struggle in the center of Kyiv, passionate national revival in the West, and separatist unrest in…


It’s All About May 25

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

April 22, 2014 Thomas L. Friedman KIEV, Ukraine — The word “maidan” means “square” in Ukrainian and in Arabic. And the “Independence Maidan” of Kiev, like the “Tahrir Maidan” of Cairo, has been the scene of an awe-inspiring burst of democratic aspirations. The barricades of piled cobblestones, tires, wood beams and burned cars erected by…


Germany’s Dangerous Blindness Over Russia

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

Judy Dempsey A great and dangerous change is slowly creeping through Europe, eroding the special consensus that was established after 1945 and reaffirmed after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. That consensus, forged by the United States and especially the precursor to the European Union, the European Coal and Steel Community, was about…


Moscow Will Violate Even the Geneva Accords, Shiropayev Says

Apr 20th, 2014 | By

Paul Goble Staunton, April 19 – Despite having achieved so many of his goals with the Geneva Accords on Ukraine, few doubt that Vladimir Putin will violate them and push even further into that country, using surrogates to allow him deniability for a time and then the Russian military openly when he decides the time…


If we want to save Ukraine, we need to call Vladimir Putin’s bluff

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Russia’s bellicose president Vladimir Putin is not in quite as strong a position as it may appear and has unleashed forces he might not be able to control Andrew Wilson Eastern Ukraine is full of masked gunmen, occupying government buildings and calling for Russian “protection”. The central government in Kiev is unable to organise an…


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…