UKRAINE – #MAIDAN – УКРАЇНА Exhibit at the University of Alberta

A Revolution for Dignity

  • How did EuroMaidan become Maidan and turn into a Revolution for Dignity?
  • How does it relate to Crimea?
  • What’s going on now?
  • Where can I learn more?

A photo-exhibit dedicated to the unfolding situation in Ukraine opened today in the Galleria between Rutherford North and Rutherford South Libraries. The exhibit has been prepared by students/staff of the Ukrainian Folklore program/Kule Folklore Centre in conjunction with Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. It will be on display March 19-20 and March 22-26 in the Rutherford Library, and March 21, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the North-East foyer of CAB. Nataliya Bezborodova, Kateryna Kod (Ukrainian Folklore) and Olha Ivanova, (Translation Studies) will be manning this display in CAB on Friday afternoon ready to answer questions of those interested in learning more about the Ukrainian Maidan.

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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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Researchers of Southern Ukraine history speak

Statement of researchers of history of Southern Ukraine

In conditions when speculations on the subjects of separatism are spread appealing to the experience of the historical past, we, researchers of history of the Southern Ukraine, declare that with all its specificity and originality the history of the South Ukrainian region was and remains an organic part of the history of Ukraine, and the region and its subregions are and must remain an organic, integral part of the united, sovereign state of Ukraine. We express concern about speculations on the relevant issues and we call all for prudence and responsibility.

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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.

Moscow Professor Fired for Criticizing Putin

Bohdan Klid: Moscow professor fired for criticizing Putin’s military action in Ukraine

Andrei Zubov, a Russian historian and political scientist, was fired from his post as professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs following the publication of his article “We have seen this before” (Ėto uzhe bylo) in the daily on March 1. In his article, Zubov compares Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to occupy the Crimea to Hitler’s decisions to annex Austria, Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, and Lithuania’s Memel in 1938–39. Addressing his fellow countrymen, Zubov warns: “We are on the brink of the complete destruction of the system of international treaties, economic chaos, and political dictatorship.” Further, he appeals: “Friends! We need to come to our senses and stop. Our politicians are dragging our people into a terrible, horrifying misadventure. Historical experience tells us that nothing good will come of this. We should not act as the Germans did in their day, lured by the promises of Goebbels and Hitler.” Read more

Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine

CNN reports on Russia in Crimea, and Simon Schuster weighs in on why Putin is already losing in Ukraine.

The economic impact on Russia is already staggering. When markets opened on Monday morning, investors got their first chance to react to the Russian intervention in Ukraine over the weekend, and as a result, the key Russian stock indexes tanked by more than 10%. That amounts to almost $60 billion in stock value wiped out in the course of a day, more than Russia spent preparing for last month’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The state-controlled natural-gas monopoly Gazprom, which accounts for roughly a quarter of Russian tax revenue, lost $15 billion in market value in one day — incidentally the same amount of money Russia promised to the teetering regime in Ukraine in December and then revoked in January as the revolution took hold. (Schuster)

Shuster, Simon. “4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine.” TIME. 3 Mar. 2014. Web. 4 Mar. 2014.

Taras Kuzio on Putin’s strategy in Crimea

Putin’s strategy in Crimea: Remarks by Dr. Taras Kuzio.

Dr. Kuzio is with the Research Associate Centre for Political and Regional Studies, Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Taras Kuzio explores why Crimea  is becoming a hot area of potential conflict.

Primary goal of Putin is to revenge for his humiliation and to destroy the government in Kyiv. Putin wants chaos. Primary goal of Putin is counter revolutionary change in Kyiv, Ukraine. Crimea is a side show.