Posts Tagged ‘ Vladimir Putin ’

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…


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…


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…


Russia Economy Worsens Even Before Sanctions Hit

Apr 17th, 2014 | By

DAVID M. HERSZENHORN APRIL 16, 2014 MOSCOW — Margarita R. Zobnina, a professor of marketing here, has been watching the Russian economy’s gathering woes with mounting alarm: friends who have moved abroad with no plans to return; others who put off new business ventures because of rising uncertainty. Meanwhile, Ms. Zobnina and her husband, Alexander,…


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…


The U.S. Is Being Routed by Russia in the Information War Over Ukraine

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

By Kevin Rothrock Russia’s isolation grows by the hour. Last month, 100 nations endorsed a U.N. resolution to condemn the annexation of Crimea. Earlier this month, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe deprived Russia of its voting rights in the body. One of the most reposted, regrettably racist, Russian-language tweets in April marvels…


Putin’s Project

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Timothy Snyder 16.04.2014 Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine. Throughout the centuries, the history of Ukraine has revealed the turning points in the history of Europe. The history of statehood on the territory of Ukraine begins with two archetypically European encounters. Medieval statehood on the territory of…