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Ukrainians, Ignore Russia - Alexei Bayer, Kyiv Post

Russia is in a profound political, economic and moral crisis. Its social and political institutions have been corrupted. The Putin regime in its current form is near its end and th...

Russia and Ukraine Finally Break Up - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russia and Ukraine have spent most of their post-Soviet history as Siamese twins, but for the last two years they've been undergoing political and economic separation surgery. It w...

Investing in Ukraine - Herbst, Pifer & Taylor, New York Times

Just over a year ago, President Obama signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, which provided congressional backing to sanctions on Russia following the Kremlin’s illegal...

Ending Crimea's Isolation - Dimiter Kenarov, New York Times

Once a peninsula, Crimea has become an island. For nearly two years, the territory has been unrecognized, cut off from the mainland by a militarized border, embargoed and mostly fo...

Dilemma in the Crackdown on Corruption in Ukraine - Karatnycky, WSJ

With Russia’s aggression in the Donbas region of Ukraine having morphed into a frozen conflict, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko now confronts a new challenge. He m...

Stick With the Sanctions on Russia - Andrew Foxall, New York Times

For Ukraine and the West, the primary objective should be to ensure adherence to Minsk II — starting with Ukraine’s regaining control over all its borders, which is sup...

Most Recent Articles

Moscow Is Extorting the West - Lilia Shevtsova, The American Interest

The Kremlin wants to have a seat at the table with the world’s key actors, but it also wants them to respect Russia’s right to interpret international norms as it sees fit, and...

The West Cannot Forget About Ukraine - Andrew Wilson, ECFR

So the West must change itself: it does not have the responsibility, the capacity or the desire to force Putin to change. Putin is not being told to live with Ukraine. But a Russia...

Ukraine Applauds Joe Biden - Kyiv Post

Great speech, Joe Biden. We agree completely and every Ukrainian and supporter of Ukraine should applaud the American vice president’s willingness to study, come, meet and sa...

2015: The Year Putin Trolled the World - Brian Whitmore, RFE/RL

Russia's trolling is part of an ongoing effort to eat away bit by bit at Western resolve, European and transatlantic unity, and the post-Cold War international order....

The Transatlantic Cost of Russia Sanctions - Joseph J. Schatz, Politico EU

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Treasury Department’s top sanctions official visits Europe this week, he’ll get one more chance to urge Europeans to renew the punishin...

Russia and Ukraine Grow More Distant - Stratfor

Ukraine phased out many of its agricultural exports to Russia over the past year, suggesting that Kiev has been preparing for a complete ban for some time. Ukraine's agricultural e...

The Complexities of Crimean Identity - Eleanor Knott, Washington Post

Many observers have suggested that since most Crimeans were ethnically Russian, they were therefore loyal to Russia, and therefore welcomed annexation. But is it true? Would Crimea...

Revolutions Without Benefits - Katya Gorhinskaya, The American Interest

Ukrainians are once again becoming disillusioned with how the country’s institutions are failing to live up to their expectations....

Ukraine-Russia Coal Wars Show a Conflict Heating Up - Tucker, Pol. EU

Ukraine becomes more aggressive on Crimea while Russia is distracted with Turkey....

Memo to Putin: Syria Is Turkey's Ukraine - M. Champion, Bloomberg View

Russian leaders have evidently been shocked by Turkey's deliberate decision to shoot down one of their planes, which they say was motivated by Turkey's alleged support for Islamic ...

Don't Trade Away Ukraine - Ihor Kozak, National Post

While the fight against ISIL is of paramount importance, Russia remains the West’s number one threat, as the Pentagon’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General J...

We Have Forgotten Who Russia Really Is - Anne Applebaum, Commentary

Iran may want to dominate the Middle East, and China may aim to dominate Southeast Asia. Both might eventually try more directly to undermine the United States and Europe as well. ...

It's Time to Act on Ukraine - R. Kaplan & E. Rosenberg, National Interest

To be sure, the Obama Administration has pursued a confusing, ineffectual strategy in the Levant and has floundered in the effort to project both sufficient power and a sense of mi...

Will Europe Ditch Ukraine Again? - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Ukraine should not be used as a pawn in Western cooperation with Russia in fighting the so-called Islamic State....

The West Has Won Ukraine, but It Could Backfire - A. Moravcsik, GMF

WASHINGTON-Today's headlines about Syria obscure a major triumph for Western policy. Ukraine seems to be heading toward an informal settlement largely on European and U.S. terms. Y...

Two Years of Failure - Kyiv Post

Nov. 21 marks the second year since the EuroMaidan Revolution started on Independence Square in Kyiv. Called to action by then Ukrainska Pravda journalist and current lawmaker Must...

United With Putin Against Terror? - Nina Krushcheva, Project Syndicate

The attacks in Paris have provided Putin with the opportunity to present his military operations in Syria as a service to the West, an example of Russia’s willingness to perform ...

Russia's Proposal to Restructure Ukraine's Debt - Hille, Buckley, et al., FT

Russia has proposed a restructuring of the $3bn bond owed to it by Ukraine, an about-turn from Moscow’s earlier insistence of full repayment next month....

United with Putin Against Terror? - Nina L. Kruscheva, Project Syndicate

NEW YORK – Russian President Vladimir Putin has just vowed to “find and punish” those responsible for using a homemade bomb to bring down a Russian airliner over ...

Putin Has Not Gone Soft on Ukraine - The American Interest

At the G20 summit today, Vladimir Putin appeared to make a big concession to Ukraine by announcing that Russia would be willing to restructure Kyiv’s upcoming $3 billion debt...

Putin's Bad Deal for Ukraine - Bloomberg View

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that his country is willing to reconsider its stance and give Ukraine a break on a $3 billion bond that comes due in December. The We...

Ukraine's Politics Are Burning - Balazs Jarabik, Moscow Times

Multiple commentators have been heartened bythe diversity of winning candidates and parties, even in the Donbass. Yet whether this diversity is truly a sign of progress is debatabl...

Ukraine's Leaders Are Killing Their Own State - L. Bershidsky, Bloom-View

The system of checks and balances that has been sold to the Americans isn't working. Instead of keeping an eye on each other, the Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk teams have made a deal. T...

Ukraine Fights the Enemy Within - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

In a real sense, the two battles are the same. Russia has long manipulated Ukrainian politics, both subtly and openly, buying politicians, corrupting gas deals and perverting busin...

Guns and Lack of Butter in Ukraine - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

The Ukrainian economy has been hit hard over the past two years by the shock of continuous geopolitical crises. The economic instability that followed Russia's annexation of the Cr...

The Continuing Case for Aiding Ukraine - H. Pirchner, National Interest

No one in Ukraine truly believes that the lull in fighting is permanent. At some point, Ukrainians of all walks of life are convinced, Russia will resume hostilities to take from U...

Belarus, a Slavic Switzerland? - Amy Mackinnon, Foreign Policy

Lukashenko has managed to use the Ukraine conflict to thread the needle between Russia and the West. It’s telling that Lukashenko’s first electoral promise was for a &l...

Don't Let Putin off the Hook - A. Karatnycky & A. Motyl, Politico EU

Putin wants the West to believe that he is negotiating from a position of strength. In fact, his is a position of extreme weakness....

Ukraine Pretends to Tackle Its Massive Corruption - Kyiv Post

Nobody is being fooled. Poroshenko is not fighting corruption and has shown no intention of doing so since taking office on June 7, 2014. He might want a better future for Ukraine,...

It's Not a New Cold War, It's Worse - Noah Rothman, Commentary

“It’s not a new Cold War,” President Barack Obama insisted in July of 2014. He was right, but Americans properly found this pronouncement of little comfort. The W...

Europe to Ukraine: You'll Have to Live With Putin - Leonid Bershidsky, BV

That's just what Putin wants. His bet in the eastern Ukraine local election, if it ever takes place, won't be on the rebel field commanders but on local oligarchs who ran the regio...

Putin's Symphony Is Meant for European Ears - A. Michta, Amer. Interest

For Moscow, Syria and Ukraine are parts of the same strategic design: to target the Transatlantic security link, to undermine U.S. influence in Europe, and ultimately to dismantle ...

Ukraine, Syria, Russia: A Moment for Sobriety - J. Weickgenant, RCW

Russian President Vladimir Putin's lamentation of the Soviet Union's downfall is quoted often by those seeking clues to explain Russia's newfound belligerence....

Can Ukraine be the New Georgia? - L. Todd Wood, RealClearWorld

KYIV, UKRAINE - Will what worked in Georgia work in Ukraine? It will if it is up to Davit Sakvarelidze, deputy prosecutor general of Ukraine and the chief prosecutor of the Bl...

The West's Unfortunate Ukraine Fatigue - David Patrikarakos, Politico EU

George Soros recently wrote in the New York Review of Books that the EU, far from turning its attention elsewhere, should prioritize the Ukraine crisis, now more than ever. Beset b...

The Dutch Call for a Referendum on...Ukraine? - Peter Teffer, EU Observer

The Dutch electorate is expected to be given the chance to vote on an EU-Ukraine treaty in a referendum, in what would be the first citizen-enforced plebiscite in the country's his...

Ukraine Fights for Global Freedom - L. Weymouth & P. Poroshenko, WaPo

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. Poroshenko talked to The Post’s Lally Weymouth about Ukraine’s confli...

Obama's Gift to Putin - John Herbst, New Atlanticist

Despite the futility of previous contacts with Putin—and the utility of keeping him in isolation—the President is seeing him. The mere acceptance of the meeting is a gi...

Ukraine's Oligarchy Persists - Kyiv Post

Often as a justification for their lack of success in key areas, many of Ukraine's post-EuroMaidan Revolution politicians like to describe Ukraine as a noisy, vibrant democracy tha...

Poroshenko Pokes Putin Ahead of UN Summit - Samuel Bendett, RCW

Regarding his work at the United Nations, Poroshenko mentioned that a global coalition in support of Ukraine has already formed, though it must be strengthened further. The Ukraini...

President of Georgia, PM of Ukraine? - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

Poland and the Baltic States took the radical road in the 1990s, and were rewarded with European Union membership. When Georgia tried in the in the mid-2000s, geography, Russian ho...

Will Ukraine Become a European Syria? - The Economist

YOU would be forgiven for thinking that the crisis in Ukraine is past its worst. Although the Minsk agreements are honoured in the breach and artillery fire still echoes across the...

Russia and Separatists Aren't on Same Page - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Vladimir Putin’s military operations have stretched Moscow’s military to its limits...

The New Ukraine Is Vital to Europe's Survival - George Soros, NY Books

There is a danger that Europe’s preoccupation with the migration crisis could once again divert attention from what in my judgment is an even more fundamental issue: the fate...

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