Lecture: “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013-2014”

Bohdan Nahaylo lectures on “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013-2014”

Bohdan Nahalylo, a Ukraine specialist who had formerly worked with Amnesty International, Radio Liberty, and the United Nations, delivered the 2014 Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Lecture on April 4 at St. Vladimir Institute in Toronto. His topic was “The Battle for Ukraine, 2013–2014.”

The lecture provided a solid synopsis of recent events in Ukraine while adding a historical context and the speaker’s personal observations. The event was sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (through the Wolodymyr Dylynsky Memorial Fund) and St. Vladimir Institute.

Politics of Energy Dependency

Margarita M. Balmaceda on the Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian

Recent events in Ukraine again raise the question of  choices and the role of powerful domestic groups in relations with Russia and the EU. The Politics of Energy Dependency considers these issues from the perspective of post-independence energy policies in three states: Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania. Dr. Balmaceda’s project analyzes the effect of these countries’ geographic location on Russia’s ability to use energy as a foreign-policy tool in the region and on their own political development. Read more

The US and EU Must Take New Steps Quickly to Help Ukraine

Dr. Taras Kuzio

News organizations last week reported a new conclusion by US intelligence agencies that Russian forces massed on Ukraine’s eastern borders are increasingly likely to invade mainland Ukraine, only weeks after seizing Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to undermine the political legitimacy of a Ukrainian government that has shown itself insistent on aligning with the European Union rather than Russia. And that means derailing the May 25 election in which Ukraine will certainly choose a president who would pursue that European option. A successful election would unravel Putin’s argument that Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine last month into Russian exile, remains Ukraine’s legitimately elected president. Read more

Dr. Olexiy Haran: Don’t believe Russian propaganda

Dr. Olexiy Haran cautions against believing Russian propaganda about ‘fascist’ Ukrainian protesters

Euromaidan supporters protest against the forthcoming referendum on the Crimea's accession to RussiaDr. Olexiy Haran is professor of comparative politics at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine.  He  says that the Euromaidan was a place of multi-ethnic national solidarity in the face of repression – Putin only seeks to justify his aggression.

From his article “Don’t believe the Russian propaganda about Ukraine’s ‘fascist’ protesters”:

The Kremlin uses many kinds of falsifications to justify its aggression against Ukraine and plans to annex Crimean peninsula. One of which is that the mass protests of Ukrainians against the corrupt and bloody regime of Viktor Yanukovych, called the Euromaidan, was a gathering of far-right extremists intent on imposing nationalist rule over all other ethnic groups in Ukraine.

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Obama Warns Putin Annexing Ukraine Will Be Costly for Russia

Timothy Ash

First the Kerry-Lavrov meeting today is important, as Kerry seemed to be playing hard to get earlier in the week, perhaps letting his Russian counterpart stew somewhat and mull over. The real prospect now of sanctions and Yatseniuk’s visit to the US. The latter, no doubt, will have hardened resolve in Congress to support Ukraine, and counter perceived Russian aggression. Read more

The West’s double standards towards Ukraine

Taras Kuzio, research associate at the Centre for Political and Regional Studies, Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta.

During the course of the four-month long Euromaidan, I have been interviewed nearly 100 times by radio, television and print media from across the globe. Those interviews have revealed three deeply ingrained myths about Ukraine.

These myths are an outgrowth of three factors: Russo-centric biases in the foreign media, which, as in Soviet times, still cover the entire former USSR from Moscow; Russia-focused academic studies on Eurasia, which I remember only too well from my university days in Britain; and the opinions of former Soviet, now Russian left-wing fellow travellers much loved by journalists.

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Round Table: Ukraine, Russia, and the West: On the Brink of War

The CIUS hosts “Ukraine, Russia, and the West: On the Brink of War”

On Wednesday, March 5 2014, the Centre for Political and Regional Studies (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies) held a round table “Ukraine, Russia, and the West: On the Brink of War.” This well-attended event featured several presenters, who possess extensive expertise studying the region and the problem at hand:

Volodymyr Kravchenko, Director, CIUS
Jars Balan, Administrative Co-ordinator, Kule Ukrainian Canadian Studies Centre, CIUS
David Marples, Director, Stasiuk Program for the Study of Contemporary Ukraine, CIUS
Bohdan Harasymiw, Coordinator, Centre for Political and Regional Studies, CIUS
Heather Coleman, Director, Religion and Culture Program, CIUS

Their presentations were followed by questions from the audience, which then evolve into an open and stimulating discussion.