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  • 12 Sep 2014 2:22 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

    Looting Ukraine:  How East and West Teamed up to Steal a Country
    by Oliver Bullough

    Kiev’s Maidan on the evening of December 3, 2004, at the height of the Orange
    Revolution, was an extraordinary place. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians were
    squashed together waving their orange flags, revelling in what they thought was a
    victory for democracy. Their joy and their hope for the future were intoxicating. Their new president, Viktor Yushchenko, responded to their mood. “We shall destroy the system of corruption in our country; we will take the economy out of the shadows,” he pledged in his inaugural address a few weeks later.

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  • 08 Sep 2014 11:04 AM | Andriy J. Semotiuk

    About seven years ago I got a call at my Los Angeles office from a group of illegal immigrants living in Detroit. They wanted to know what I could do to help them normalize their status in the United States or immigrate to Canada. They invited me to their city to meet with them.


    I knew that they were among some 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Frankly, I did not have much sympathy for them. I told my Detroit callers. I would only come if they paid my airfare, hotel bill and a per person retainer for meeting them. I thought this would put the matter to rest. Imagine my surprise when a week later I received an airline ticket and reservations for a hotel in Detroit. See more


  • 06 Sep 2014 9:27 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Ukraine is determined to save the lives of people regardless of their political convictions and nationality, protect its sovereign European choice, and promote the EU values, to restore peace and stability. President Poroshenko unambiguously reiterated this yesterday in Wales. Unfortunately, we see vivid proof of a lack of political will on behalf of the Russian leadership to grasp a chance and find the way out of the crisis.   EurActiv.  Read More


  • 06 Sep 2014 9:25 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

    Ukraine, Russia and the Kremlin-backed separatists signed a cease-fire deal Friday after five months of bloodshed, and Europe readied additional sanctions on Moscow. NATO leaders created a new force designed to prevent any aggression by Russia against alliance members. Gunfire and shelling appeared to fall silent across eastern Ukraine shortly after the appointed hour, to the relief of war-weary residents. But the U.S. voiced skepticism that the rebels and Russia would stop violating Ukrainian sovereignty.    Yahoo News.   Read More


  • 06 Sep 2014 9:23 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     From the very first moments of Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine, “optimists” in Russia and the West have deceived themselves and others and helped set the stage for Putin to go further, a pattern that shows no signs of abating anytime soon, according to Vitaly Portnikov. On the Grani.ru portal today, the Moscow commentator recalls that “when the first ‘little green men’ had just appeared in Crimea, the optimists assured everyone that Vladimir Putin would limit himself to the territory of the peninsula beloved but seldom visited by Russians.   Window on Eurasia.  Read More


  • 06 Sep 2014 9:05 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     When Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at Ukraine, does he see Bosnia? The Balkan country, which has a tripartite presidency that reflects its ethnic balance, has remained at peace for almost two decades since the 1995 Dayton accords ended its three-year war. But it is widely regarded as a state in permanent crisis, where no party is able to rise above its ethnic base. And while neighbors have joined or made steps toward joining the European Union, NATO, and other Western institutions, Bosnia has been stymied by its federal structure.   RFE/RL.  Read More


  • 06 Sep 2014 8:55 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     After five months of intensifying combat that threatened to rip Ukraine apart and to reignite the Cold War, the Ukrainian government and separatist forces signed a cease-fire agreement on Friday that analysts considered highly tenuous in a country that remains a tinderbox. Previous attempts to stop the fighting have failed. But the prime difference this time was that the main thrust of the plan was not just endorsed, but laid out, by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whom Western leaders accuse of stoking unrest to prevent Ukraine from slipping out of Russia’s orbit.   The New York Times.  Read More


  • 06 Sep 2014 8:52 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     The scale of the devastation suffered by Ukrainian forces in southeastern Ukraine over the last week has to be seen to be believed. It amounts to a catastrophic defeat and will long be remembered by embittered Ukrainians as among the darkest days of their history. A week ago a major rebel offensive began. On September 3 on a sixteen-mile stretch of road from the village of Novokaterinivka to the town of Ilovaysk, I counted the remains of sixty-eight military vehicles, tanks, armored personnel carriers, pick-ups, buses, and trucks in which a large but as yet unknown number of Ukrainian soldiers died as they tried to flee the area between August 28 and September 1.   NYR.   Read More


  • 06 Sep 2014 8:34 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     Whether on the streets of Budapest in 1956, the mountains of Afghanistan in 1979 and again in 2001 or in the swampy forests of Grenada in 1983, invasions have tended to be noisy, unmistakable affairs that screamed their purpose from the start. After four months of conflict in eastern Ukraine, however, few have chosen to use the “I” word to define the slow-burning war fed by a steady flow of Russian weapons and soldiers across the border. “I do not want to define it right now, but you can call it what you want,” Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told a news conference last weekend in Brussels, where European Union leaders agreed that Russia had increased the “inflows of fighters and weapons” to Ukraine and mounted “aggression” but made no mention of any invasion.   The New York Times.  Read More


  • 06 Sep 2014 8:32 PM | Liudmyla Mozgova (Administrator)

     A variety of homegrown initiatives led by civic groups, locals and expatriates have sprung up to help supply Ukrainian servicemen with much-needed aid, ranging from safety gear to battlefield first aid kits. Russia’s unprovoked war in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts has killed more than 900 servicemen as well as some 2,000 civilians. Nations have also provided non-lethal aid. The latest assistance came on Sept. 3 when Lithuania delivered six tons of non-lethal aid, including medical equipment. The following are the Kyiv Post picks of some trusted sources that help the Ukrainian military.   Kyivpost.  Read More


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