Posts Tagged ‘ Orange Revolution ’

Inside Ukraine’s protests

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

By Oleksii Khmara on 14 February 2014 Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, has been racked by protests, the largest since the 2004 Orange Revolution when the country rose up in response to fraudulent presidential elections. Thousands of people have been occupying Kiev’s main square since last November and more recently, government buildings. The varying reports on the…


Europe’s Sado-Masochistic Approach to Ukraine or Desperate Measures of a Desparate Bandit

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

Vasyl Pawlowsky for Maidan Monitoring January 6, 2014 The line in the sand was drawn over a month ago when special Berkut forces decended upon peaceful protesters on Kyiv’s Independence Square, also know as Maidan Nezalezhnosti. In the last forty-eight hours the powers that be have upped the ante by employing tactics similar to the…


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…


Ukraine’s Revolution – thoughts on New Year’s Eve

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

As many readers have noticed, I’ve had a pause in my notes. Excuses like sickness and being tied up with year-end obligations are just that – excuses. The reality is that for the first time in a while, last week I experienced writer’s block. Now I have a problem: too much to say, and not…


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…


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…


Yanukovych’s Ukraine: Family Greed Fuels National Aspiration – OpEd

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

By Geopolitical Monitor December 22, 2013 By James Whitman Borys was a successful entrepreneur who built up a business producing grapes and berries by visiting plantations in Italy and California and replicating their production techniques on his own sun-kissed farm above the majestic Dnipro River in southern Ukraine. He worked with small farmers and credit…


Ukraine: On The Edge Of Empires

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Editor’s Note: The following Geopolitical Weekly originally ran in November 2010 as part of our Geopolitical Journey series. We repost it today as Ukraine’s position between Europe and Russia puts it in the spotlight. By George Friedman The name “Ukraine” literally translates as “on the edge.” It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes…


As Pro-European Protests Seize Ukraine, Jewish Oligarch Victor Pinchuk Is a Bridge to the West

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

The steel magnate—son-in-law of the former president and once a symbol of post-Soviet nepotism—now advocates for the rule of law By Maria Danilova — Dec 13, 2013 One breezy evening last September, Viktor Pinchuk, Ukraine’s second-richest man, stepped onstage at the Livadia Palace in the Black Sea resort of Yalta to introduce the star speaker…


Freedom from what? Or should it be from whom?

Dec 5th, 2011 | By
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Seven years has passed, and I’m still trying to figure out what Ukraine has achieved in that relatively short time, though still more than a third as many years that the nation has been independent. This commentary may very well be disjointed in many ways, just as the people of Ukraine have been for so many years.