Posts Tagged ‘ Viktor Yanukovych ’

Unfinished Revolution: The Artists Soldier On

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

Ukrainians Turn to the Arts in a Time of Upheaval Rachel Donadio APRIL 29, 2014 KIEV, Ukraine — The National Art Museum of Ukraine has just opened an exhibition of objects from the compound of former President Viktor F. Yanukovych, including a folk-art portrait of him made of poppy seeds and beans. A folk-rock group,…


Europe’s Act in Ukraine’s Tragedy

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

By Joschka Fischer ‘Putin’s aim has never been Russian control only of Crimea; he has always wanted all of Ukraine’ BERLIN — Grand political strategy and everyday experience often have a lot in common. Try, for example, to swallow a salami whole, and you will probably choke to death. In the world of high politics,…


Russia Can’t Decide if Ukrainian Jews Are Victims or Villains

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

BY ALINA POLYAKOVA In April 18, a flyer appeared in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk that brought back memories of 1941 for the city’s Jewish residents. Bearing the stamp of the “Donetsk Republic”—the label used by separatists in the region—it requested Jewish residents to register with the local city authorities and pay a head tax.…


Russia’s propaganda war is a danger for Ukraine’s Jews

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Despite what Putin says about antisemitism in the new Kiev government, Ukraine’s Jews are committed to independence Timothy Snyder Violence is a distraction from the simple facts, and propaganda turns distraction into abstraction, people into symbols – and all the more now as Russian intervention in Ukraine grows ever more extensive and threatening. Consider the…


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…


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…


Ukrainian Hopes, Russian Failings

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV April 17, 2014 MOSCOW — The annexation of Crimea, the media offensive against Kiev and the threat of military force against Ukraine are President Vladimir V. Putin’s ultimate response to Russia’s own failures. His latest actions are a veiled recognition that all of his other efforts to prove that Russia is regaining the…


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…


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…