June 10, 2014

Looking for Saviors in Ukraine

Tim Judah, New York Review of Books

The Associated Press

When we come to look back on the Ukrainian conflict, it will be hard, if it moves from its current low-level state to a full-blown war, to say that such-and-such a date marked its beginning. Was it the day that some forty people died, many after being trapped in a building that then caught fire in Odessa? Was it the day that seven people or was it more than twenty or perhaps more than one hundred died in Mariupol, another Black Sea town? For people here the numbers they believe depend on whether they follow the Russian or Ukrainian press and, since both are lying and distorting slivers of truth, it is not surprising that people are being dragged down into a vortex of war.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Sloviansk, Ukraine


This weekend's elections brought a sense of euphoria to Ukraine, as Petro Poroshenko, a pro-European candidate, won the country's presidency in the first round of voting. Despite the fact that 10 percent of the electorate was not... more ››
May 29, 2014
Can the 'Chocolate King' Save Ukraine?
Matthew Rojansky, Nat'l Interest
Poroshenko's victory is unlikely to bring change mainly because Ukraine has already changed on its own, denying the traditional political class—including Poroshenko and each of his main rivals—a stable footing on which to ply... more ››
May 29, 2014
Europe's Ukrainian Lifeline
George Soros, Project Syndicate
Last weekend’s European Parliament election and presidential election in Ukraine produced sharply contrasting results. Europe’s voters expressed their dissatisfaction with the way that the European Union currently functions,... more ››
The countries of the region between the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea have never been sanguine about Russia. Even during the Yeltsin era in the 1990s, when the Kremlin was ostensibly a friend and partner for the United States and... more ››
May 28, 2014
Is This Vladimir Putin's Reset?
Daniel McGroarty, RealClearWorld
Call it resource-politik: a new riff on the old notion of realpolitik -- this time, a power politics rooted in the pursuit of resource access. That's the common thread running through three developments in recent weeks involving... more ››