In Depth

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The de Villiers’, the French Chief of Staff and the Mistral Deal

Philippe de Villiers, the French far-right politician, made headlines when he met with Vladimir Putin at Kremlin on 14 August. Is it just a coincidence that Philippe’s brother, Pierre de Villiers, is Chief of Staff of the French Army, or is the Russian regime up to its old tricks corrupting top western decision makers? Whichever is true, the fact is that France remains attached to its policy of arming Russia, recently with two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, while denying support to the Ukraine.

Why Do They Hate Us?

We understood that people like this guy simply refuse to admit that Ukraine is NOT Russia and that Ukraine is a direct descendant of the Kyivan Rus’, while what is now called “Russia” is something that formed much later, during the times when the Mongolian “Golden Horde” ruled over the so-called Zaleshans’ki Zemli, i.e. the lands that were way northeast of Rus’. Overall, with some exceptions, Russians tend to be sympathetic to Ukrainians ONLY if Ukrainians agree that they are “also Russians.”

Diplomatic solution – reality or dream?

There are currently lots of speculations about negotiations and possible diplomatic solution to military conflict in Donbas. I am however very skeptical about the success. Of course I am not diplomat, so hereafter is purely my personal opinion.

How to Beat Down a Bully

There’s only one way to stop Putin’s ugly new doctrine of irregular intervention — hit back even harder. By Jefferey A. Stacey, John Herbst August 16, 2014 The international community is at long last beginning to take a strong stand against Moscow’s aggression in eastern Ukraine. There is solid evidence indicating not only that Malaysia…

Thoughts from Kyiv – 14.08.2014

Thoughts from Kyiv is brought to you by Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. Below are his thoughts and writings on the situation in Ukraine. “Putin has monkeys in his head!” “No he doesn’t – they’re mushrooms!” This…

Edward Lucas: Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: what is Russia and what the West can do with it

Testimony of Mr. Edward Lucas Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor Center for European Policy Analysis Washington, DC July 8, 2014 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on European Affairs Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. It is an honor and a privilege to give testimony to this committee and I would like to…

News

Russian Anti-war Movement officially formed in Moscow

RUSSIAN ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT News from the Founding Meeting In Russia, a historic event occurred on September 18, 2014. After a series of preparatory discussions, a large group of activists officially formed the Russian Anti-war Movement. It was not certain until the last minute where exactly the founding meeting could take place, as talks about gaining…

An Appeal for the Release of Ukrainian Journalists

An Appeal for the Release of Ukrainian Journalists Second Ukrainian-Polish Forum Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, September 13-14, 2014 We – representatives of the Association of Polish Journalists (APJ), the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), participanting in the Second Ukrainian-Polish Forum, held in the city of Kazimierz…

Polish & Ukrainian journalists appeal to European journalists’ associations not to meet in Moscow

An Appeal from Participants of the Second Ukrainian-Polish Forum Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, September 13-14, 2014 We – representatives of the Association of Polish Journalists (APJ), the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), participating in the Second Ukrainian-Polish Forum, held in the city of Kazimierz Dolny,…

Russian Anti-war Movement Assists Conscientious Objectors

The Organizing Committee of the Russian Anti-war Movement issued an appeal to mothers and wives of all soldiers of the Russian Federation. You can read the statement in Russian at http://goo.gl/FmDdeS or below. You can also join the Movement’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/682332398502639/ . If you can read the Russian document, you will see that members of the Organizing Committee raise…

How to Beat Down a Bully

There’s only one way to stop Putin’s ugly new doctrine of irregular intervention — hit back even harder. By Jefferey A. Stacey, John Herbst August 16, 2014 The international community is at long last beginning to take a strong stand against Moscow’s aggression in eastern Ukraine. There is solid evidence indicating not only that Malaysia…

Thoughts from Kyiv – 14.08.2014

Thoughts from Kyiv is brought to you by Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Director of the Doctoral School, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. Below are his thoughts and writings on the situation in Ukraine. “Putin has monkeys in his head!” “No he doesn’t – they’re mushrooms!” This…

Protest – London 21 July 2014, Whitehall – Stop Russian Terrorism

Passers by and members of the public were reminded that the murderous Russian terrorists financed and supported by President Putin were responsible for the MH17 tragedy and that it was his missile that was shot down an innocent civilian plane.

Thoughts on Putin – 15 July 2014

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…