Posts Tagged ‘ Donbass ’

Thoughts on Putin – 15 July 2014

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

I’ve spent the past week in Canada visiting my elderly parents. Other than having to deal with jet lag, I’ve also experienced a degree of culture shock: for the average Canadian, the situation in Ukraine is very distant indeed. For Ukrainian-Canadians who I would classify as intellectuals, the ongoing war in the Donbas is more…

Vladimir Putin Is Accidentally Bringing Eastern and Western Ukraine Together

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

BY Leonid Ragozin April 16, 2014 There are no tank battles or carpet bombings, but war is creeping into Ukraine. When Russia invaded Crimea last month, it was more of a parade—the Ukrainian army put up no real resistance, and the locals were either pleased with the turn of events or apathetic. This time, a…

An Intellectual Exercise for August What’s Coming Next?

Aug 5th, 2011 | By

August has an almost “mystical record” in Russia. Since 1961, if “something big” happened, it happened in the month of August. And since 1986, “something” has happened almost every August. The first on record was the erection of the Berlin Wall on the 13th of August 1961. Then there was the invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 21, 1968, the sinking of “Admiral Nakhimov” on August 31, 1986, and then we witness practically, non-stop, repeating August disasters that were capped off by the firestorms of August, 2010. There were 7 technology disasters (sinking ships, crashing airplanes, derailed trains, exploding turbines), five major terror acts, two military interventions (including the Russian Georgian war in 2008), which happened or were staged in the month of August since 1986. But the highlight is certainly the 1991 coup in Moscow, exactly 20 years ago this August.