Tag Archive for Ukrainian News

Ukraine Holds National Unity Talks Without Separatists

Column in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

(VOA News – 5.14.14) Ukraine launched talks Wednesday on national unity without the participation of pro-Russian separatists who are seeking autonomy from Kyiv in the country’s east and southeast. In opening remarks, interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said his government is ready for dialogue. He also insisted, though, that Kyiv will not talk to the pro-Russian gunmen who have seized buildings and killed government troops near

NEWSLINK: Dozens die in Odessa, rebels down Ukraine helicopters

Commonwealth of Independent States, European States, adapted from CIA image through Library of Congress

[“Dozens die in Odessa, rebels down Ukraine helicopters” – Reuters – 5.2.14] Reuters covers violent unrest in Ukraine, including military action against rebels in eastern Ukraine, the later shooting down military helicopters. In addition, unrest unfolded in Odessa [which is not in eastern Ukraine, yet is closer to Moldova, a country which some commentators might be on Russia's list of lands to destabilize or divide].  Deaths occurred

NEWSLINK: Russia, West accuse each other of hypocrisy on Ukraine

United Nations Building and Flags

[“Russia, West accuse each other of hypocrisy on Ukraine” – Reuters – 5.2.14] Reuters covers UN Security Council meetings on unrest in Ukraine.  The fact that Russia has taken over permanent member status and veto power previously exercised by the now-defunct Soviet Union complicates efforts for the UNSC to act. Western powers and Russia on Friday used an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council

NEWSLINK: Vladimir Putin’s long—and very dangerous—game

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

[“Vladimir Putin’s long—and very dangerous—game” – American Enterprise Institute – Leon Aron 5.1.14] AEI examines the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for manufacturing crises there to bolster himself politically at home, in the face of Russian economic shortcomings. It is suggested that Western sanctions focus not just on deterring Russia from further interference in Ukraine, but be directed against negative developments

NEWSLINK: Ukraine forces in ‘full military readiness’ in case of Russia invasion

Commonwealth of Independent States, European States, adapted from CIA image through Library of Congress

[“Ukraine forces in ‘full military readiness’ in case of Russia invasion” – Chicago Tribune 4.30.14] The Chicago Tribune reports on ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, sustained by pro-Russian activists described by the U.S. Embassy as terrorists. Ukraine promises that it is on full military alert against the prospect of a Russian invasion: As pro-Russian separatists continued to make gains in their revolt against the government of

NEWSLINK: Ukraine Reinstates Conscription as Security Deteriorates in Eastern Region

Column in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

[“Ukraine Reinstates Conscription as Security Deteriorates in Eastern Region” – VOA 5.1.14] VOA reports that Ukraine is restarting a military draft to bolster security capacities in the face of growing unrest in Ukraine’s east, beset by pro-Russian militants: Ukraine’s acting President Olexander Turchynov has reinstated military conscription to deal with deteriorating security in the east of the country. * * * Donetsk, a city of about

NEWSLINK: Putin’s Promises To Eastern Ukraine Could Bankrupt Russia

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

[“Putin’s Promises To Eastern Ukraine Could Bankrupt Russia” – Forbes - Paul Roderick Gregory – 5.1.14] Forbes covers Russia’s lack of economic diversity and dependence upon fossil fuels for economic wealth.  Commentator Paul Roderick Gregory predicts that Russia would not be able to bear up under the “costs of empire” aggravated by Russian hegemony in Ukraine. As the moniker Petrostate implies, the Russian economy and state have an

NEWSLINK: Moscow May Day parade lauds Putin as rebels seize more Ukraine buildings

Map of Ukraine with Ukrainian Flag

[“Moscow May Day parade lauds Putin as rebels seize more Ukraine buildings” – Reuters 5.1.14] Reuters covers pro-Putin demonstrators staging a May Day rally in Moscow, even as pro-Russian militants engage in further unrest and rebellious activities in eastern Ukraine.  Russia already has seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, declaring that it has annexed occupied Crimea into the Russian Federation. Russia staged a huge May