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  • “Steinnmeier Formula” is far from enough for Kremlin

    20.10.2019

    "Steinnmeier Formula" is far from enough for Kremlin
    On October 1, in the Minsk Contact Group, Ukraine agreed with the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (DPR, LPR) to incorporate the “Steinmeier Formula” into Ukraine’s legislation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy directed his envoy, former president Leonid Kuchma, to co-sign the letters of acceptance along with the DPR’s and LPR’s envoys, themselves accredited to the Contact Group by the “presidents” and “parliaments” of those two “people’s republics,” writes Vladimir Socor for jamestown.org. Steinmeier’s Formula [originally proposed by then–German foreign minister ...
  • Thousands march in Kyiv, Guardian reports whatever, AP spreads Russian propaganda

    18.10.2019

    Thousands march in Kyiv, Guardian reports whatever, AP spreads Russian propaganda
    “Thousands march in Kyiv to oppose east Ukraine peace plan,” this could have been the title of the article in the Guardian about the protest in Ukraine’s capital to oppose capitulation to Putin’s wish-list and it still would be inaccurate. But it wasn’t, at least not at first, just enough time to spread this Russian narrative all over the world. But the AP and, notoriously famous for covering Ukraine according to Russian propaganda narrative, Yuras Karmanau went even further, but ...
  • Russia intends to use OSCE for elections in Donbas

    15.10.2019

    Russia intends to use OSCE for elections in Donbas
    Kyiv has co-signed with Russia and the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (DPR, LPR) a commitment to: a) accept the holding of “local elections” in that Russian-controlled territory of Ukraine and b) accept the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) monitoring and assessment of the democratic validity of such “elections,” writes Vladimir Socor for jamestown.org.  Under those documents, signed on October 1, the OSCE’s validation of those “elections” would qualify the Donetsk-Luhansk territory for a permanent “special status,” as originally prescribed by the Russia-dictated Minsk armistice (see EDM, September ...
  • Six Takeaways From Trump And Zelensky’s Phone Call

    26.09.2019

    Six Takeaways From Trump And Zelensky's Phone Call
    About seven minutes into his July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, U.S. President Donald Trump shifted the largely cordial and collegial conversation to a new topic, writes Mike Eckel for rferl.org. “I would like you to do us a favor, though,” Trump said, according to a memorandum of the call released by the White House on September 25. Those 10 words could be the legal linchpin for congressional Democrats now embarking on an impeachment inquiry. And the call contains ...
  • Absolute power, reinforced with the populist slogans, could lead to a shrinking of political freedoms

    11.08.2019

    Absolute power, reinforced with the populist slogans, could lead to a shrinking of political freedoms
    While the vote-counting in Ukraine continues, it is already clear that President Volodymyr Zelensky has secured the power over legislative and, consequently, executive branches of the government. His political force, the Servant of the People party, has won a landslide victory in the snap parliamentary elections on July 21, 2019, losing only 3 out of 24 regions under the party lists and winning enough single-member districts to guarantee a single-party majority, writes Artem Remizov for 4liberty.eu. Indeed, this result is an ...
  • Moscow’s Slow-Motion Ethnic Engineering in Occupied Crimea Accelerating

    09.08.2019

    Moscow’s Slow-Motion Ethnic Engineering in Occupied Crimea Accelerating
    When a government engages in mass murder or forcible deportations, most observers see that as a clear sign of ethnic engineering—even if there are unresolved debates as to whether such actions fall under the terms of the international convention against genocide, writes Paul Goble for jamestown.org. Yet, when the powers that be change the composition of the population of a region by encouraging the emigration of some groups, the immigration of others, or a combination thereof, few see this process for ...
  • Los Angeles Times and Crimea’s “unsettled history”

    30.06.2019

    Los Angeles Times and Crimea’s “unsettled history”
    “Crimea’s history is long and tangled. It is today under Russian control, as it has been — sometimes as an autonomous region, sometimes as a part of the Soviet Union — since 1783”, – writes Jeff Opdyke for the Los Angeles Times. A man who is hard to put a pin in. His Twitter says that he is a “global traveling screenwriter”, his website tells a different story – he is a “geo-political & geo-economic analyst.” Well, at least he ...
  • Kolomoisky and the Holding Company: Combination of the Two

    16.03.2019

    Kolomoisky and the Holding Company: Combination of the Two
    The idea that the Ukrainian runaway oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky, is planning to regain control of the nationalized PrivatBank was in the air for some time now. But until the presidential race for the upcoming elections in Ukraine, it had little substance to it. Today, there are at least three candidates who are in one way or another associated with Kolomoisky – Vladimir Zelensky, Alexander Shevchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko. The ex-Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anatoly Grytsenko was also heard to ...
  • The world’s response to Russia’s aggression has been largely inadequate

    15.03.2019

    The world's response to Russia's aggression has been largely inadequate
    Since February 2014, Russia has been waging an undeclared and unprovoked war on its peaceful neighbor Ukraine. After establishing control of Crimea through its subversive operation and covert military invasion, on 16 March that year, Russia staged a show of “local support” for its land grab by conducting a fake secessionist “referendum” on Ukraine’s territory, write Ariana Gic, Hanna Hopko, and Roman Sohn for euobserver. The illegal “referendum” was just one of Russia’s many tricks to mask its aggression against Ukraine. Moscow’s camouflage also ...
  • Quenching Fire with Gasoline. Flawed Terminology Will Not Resolve the Russia-Ukraine Сonflict

    12.03.2019

    Quenching Fire with Gasoline. Flawed Terminology Will Not Resolve the Russia-Ukraine Сonflict
    Since late 2013, Ukraine’s contentious political environment has received many labels: riot, revolution, coup, invasion, civil war. Unfortunately, the use of a particular label often hinges on the user’s political sympathies and affiliations, which does not encourage balanced discussions, writes Ivan Gomza for voxukraine.org. Recently, Jesse Driscoll entered the fray with his policy memo arguing that the Ukraine crisis could/should be described as a “civil war.” Firstly published at PONARS Eurasia. He has two overarching arguments: 1) that events in Ukraine ...

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