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The Story of a Russian Soldier in Ukraine - E. Kostyuchenko, The Guardian

Moscow denies its soldiers are crossing the border but 20-year-old conscript Dorji Batomunkuev, who was seriously injured near Donetsk, tells a different story. He talks to Elena K...

Putin's Come-Hither Smile to Greece - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

It is not hard to understand why the Greek prime minister’s office might have chosen the eve of Alexis Tsipras’s meetings in Berlin to remind Europe of his standing inv...

NATO Chief: Obama Isn't Stopping Russia - Yousseff & Mak, Daily Beast

The U.S. and its allies are giving nonlethal supplies to Ukraine—and punishing Putin financially. But that’s ‘not changing the results on the ground,’ NATO&...

Crimea Is Still Ukraine - Petro Poroshenko, Wall Street Journal

The Russian annexation has robbed Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula of the right to live in their own state....

Crimea: The Final Act of a Soviet Drama - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

The one-year anniversary of the takeover of Crimea sparked renewed debate over what that means for Russia's history. Perhaps the main result is that it put a definitive end to the ...

Putin Is in Good Standing in Much of the World - Nikolas Gvosdev, WPR

How do the crisis in Ukraine and the political situation in Russia look when viewed through the prism of Chinese media? The familiar Western narrative of Russian President Vladimir...

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IMF Gives Ukraine a Short Leash - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

As Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko travels to Washington, New York and London to try to persuade her country's creditors to take a haircut, she comes with a math problem...

Kiev, Munich and the History of Western Dishonour - Kolar & Mesik, PS

BRATISLAVA/PRAGUE – In 1938, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from Munich proclaiming “peace in our time," Winston Churchill famously denounced the deci...

Russia Bleeds Itself Dry over Ukraine - Kirk Bennett, The American Interest

The war in Ukraine seems fated to be a drawn-out, lose-lose proposition. Paradoxically, notwithstanding the recent triumph of Russian arms in the Donbass—in fact, partly beca...

The West's Collective Weakness - Kyiv Post

We can sympathize with the United States and Europe for their reluctance to take on a lawless and nuclear-armed crazy man in the Kremlin. But the fact remains that the West's colle...

How Ukraine Can Win: Emulate Croatia - John Schindler, 20 Committee

As we are now in a lull in Russia’s war against Ukraine that Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin began one year ago, it’s time to assess how Kyiv can do better at war-fighti...

Ukraine's Economy Is Worse than It Looks - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

The world's worst-performing currency this year, the Ukrainian hryvnia, has bounced back 47 percent since last week's precipitous plunge. It's tempting to conclude Ukraine has pull...

How Putin Got Away with Stealing Crimea - Casey Michel, New Republic

he first time Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, under the expansionist regime of Catherine the Great in 1783, Russia stood ascendant. Pushing west, south, and east simultaneous...

The Ukraine Nightmare - Ian Bremmer & Harry Kazianis, RealClearDefense

Kazianis: The crisis in Ukraine seems to have no end in sight. Where do you see the crisis going in the short to medium term? Do you see any advantage for Russia to try and extend ...

'Ruxit' Is Real: Russia's Exit from Europe - Josef Janning, ECFR

Leaving aside a few brief moments in the Russian policy discourse of the 1990s, post-Soviet Russia has always thought of the country’s role as being with Europe, but not of E...

Eastern Europe's Civil Society after Nemtsov - J Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

The thousands of Russians who turned out on March 1 to mourn the death of Boris Nemtsov defied those critics who believe that civil society hardly exists....

Considering Epic Debt Relief for Ukraine - Bloomberg View

Even as it struggles to maintain a fragile peace along its eastern border, Ukraine's government must tackle another problem: rescuing its economy. This is going to take an epic deb...

Why Russia Will Lose in Ukraine - Alexander Motyl, World Affairs Journal

So who’s winning the war in eastern Ukraine—Russia or Ukraine? The answer is not as simple as it might seem, because victory means different things for each side.   A Russian ...

Angela Merkel's Moment of Truth - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

In the last two weeks, the two crises confronting Europe – in Ukraine and Greece – both escalated. In each case, Germany and its chancellor, Angela Merkel, were at the heart of...

NATO Should Build Baltic Bases - Randy Scheunemann, RealClearWorld

Eighteen years ago, NATO and Russia negotiated a "Founding Act" to govern relations as NATO extended its security umbrella to include the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. At th...

Ukraine Is no Game Changer Yet - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

Far from altering Europe's geopolitical landscape, the Ukraine crisis has only reconfirmed the continent's old order....

Putin's Potemkin Propaganda Station in Ukraine - Paul Gregory, The Blaze

BBC Ukraine reports that Ukrainian television broadcasts have disappeared from viewer screens in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk....

Paleoconservatives Are Wrong About Putin - Alex Berezow, RCWorld

The American Conservative prides itself on paleoconservatism, an ideology which quite rightly rejects the neoconservative worldview of Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz and the ...

Great Power Competition Returns - Robert Kagan, Brookings Institution

The real impact of the return of great power competition will depend on how the United States responds to these changes. America needs to recognize its central role in maintaining ...

Not Another Iron Curtain - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

The EU urgently needs to tie Ukraine and the rest of Eastern Europe as close as possible to the bloc and prevent the continent from becoming divided again....

Three EU Dreams Turned into Nightmares - Chris Booker, Telegraph

Three stories that were making daily headlines last week all had one very important thing in common. One was the shambles unfolding over Ukraine. The second was the ongoing shamble...

To Save Ukraine, Keep Putin Talking - David Andelman, USA Today

Every week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel picks up her phone to call Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. The two used to be good friends. Now, she makes that call out of obligation be...

Ukraine's Coal Miners: A Brotherhood Divided - Benoît Vitkine, Le Monde

While Ukraine combat continues despite peace efforts, the Donbass region's famously rugged coal miners have divided their loyalties: some keep working on Kiev's behalf, others flee...

Ukraine's Other War: Against Corruption - Atlantic Council

Members of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, overwhelmingly passed a bill to end their own legal immunity from prosecution, one of the main laws that for years helped...

Europe Looks Doomed to Repeat Its Past Follies - A. Pabst, The National

The agreement between Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin offers the best chance to end hostilities and avoid a slide into total war in Ukraine. After months of bloody fighting bet...

Some Sun in Ukraine's Stormy Forecast - T. Mylovanov, The Conversation

A year after the Maidan revolution of 2014, Ukraine is at a critical juncture....

If U.S. Arms Ukraine, Russia Could Arm Iran - Josh Cohen, Moscow Times

The war drums are once again beating in Washington. An attention-grabbing report released by three of America's leading think tanks recommends that the United States save Ukraine b...

Immigrant Workers Leave Russia - Nina Vazhdaeva, Kommersant

Now all these migrants are looking for alternatives to Russia, although it's clear that no single country can absorb those fleeing. "Last year, 80% to 90% of migrant workers from C...

Putin May Be the Lesser of Russian Evils - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

As fighting continued in Eastern Ukraine on Monday, despite a ceasefire that was supposed to have gone into effect at 12 a.m., the United Kingdom’s former top spy said Russia...

The Next European Flashpoints - Bond/Corboy/Courtney/Yalowitz, TNI

The most pressing task for the West is to help Ukraine defend itself and survive economic catastrophe. But the West also needs a broader strategy to discourage future Russian coe...

A False Choice Between Force and weak Diplomacy - Will Marshall, The Hill

Thanks to determined diplomacy by Germany and France, Russia agreed Wednesday to a new cease-fire in Ukraine, to begin Sunday. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel was anything but ...

The Transatlantic Alliance in Transition - Antonia Colibasanu, RCWorld

The Munich Security Conference's theme for 2015 was the question "Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians." Giving color to that theme was the main topic of discussion: Ukraine. A fe...

Ukraine's Military Is Strong Enough to Win - Alan Chin, Reuters

"The national awakening evident in the volunteer battalions is of a quality hard to imagine in Western Europe or the United States today. For it’s not only the flowering of p...

Countering Putin's Grand Strategy - Robert Kaplan, Wall Street Journal

With Europe weak and distracted, and Mr. Putin stoking nationalism in the midst of an economic crisis at home, only the U.S. can be the organizing principle for strengthening the I...

It's too Late to Finlandize Ukraine - Nick Ottens, Atlantic Sentinel

Russia’s meddling in Ukraine’s affairs has changed the situation profoundly. Since the majority of the Crimea’s residents voted in a referendum to join the Russia...

Ukraine's Bailout Can Actually Work - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Today could be the first day of the rest of Ukraine's life. Along with a new cease-fire agreement, the country now has a four-year bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund...

Putin Notches a Big Win - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Vladimir Putin was the winner of the Minsk II peace accords. Territory gained by the rebels in violation of Minsk I appears to be conceded; there is no deadline for the pulling out...

Obama the Appeasement Crusader - Charles Krauthammer, National Review

His secretary of defense says “the world is exploding all over.” His attorney general says that the threat of terror “keeps me up at night.” The world bears...

How to Keep Putin at the Table - Robin Niblett, Reuters

The signing of the ‘Minsk II’ ceasefire agreement in the Belarus capital on Feb. 12 raises the question of whether the United States and Western governments should shel...

Arming Ukraine Is just the Start - William Taylor & Kristin Lord, USA Today

Defending Ukraine — and thereby improving the prospects for stability, peace and democratic futures for millions of others in Russia's vast neighborhood — demands a com...

What Really Scares Russia - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The deal announced Thursday to end the fighting in Ukraine will face the same obstacle the previous such agreement has faced: how to ensure that Russia will abide by it. Frustrated...

Vladimir Putin's Goal Is To Destroy EU and NATO - The Economist

HE IS ridiculed for his mendacity and ostracised by his peers. He presides over a free-falling currency and a rapidly shrinking economy. International sanctions stop his kleptocrat...

A New & Unimproved Ceasefire in Ukraine - Adam Chandler, Atlantic

There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the new Ukrainian ceasefire that was signed in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday morning after nearly 17 hours of negotiatio...

Five Reasons Arming Ukraine Won't Work - Paul Saunders, TNI

With Secretary of State John Kerry joining incoming Secretary of DefenseAshton Carter as well as Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in publ...

United to Challenge Disorder - John Kerry, Project Syndicate

MUNICH – A few years after World War II, when the North Atlantic Treaty was ratified in the United States and our relationship with Europe was cemented, President Harry Truma...

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