Bohdan Nahaylo: “Ukraine’s Presidential Election Hopes and Blues”
After tense weeks of waiting and uncertainty, Ukraine has managed to elect a new president in the first round of voting. The convincing victory of Petro Poroshenko symbolizes the consolidated will of a people united and determined to be itself, to exercise its right to self-determination both in its choice of a transparent democratic system of government and in its alignment with the Euro-Atlantic community and its values. Read more →
Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (Donbas) are in the hands of terrorist separatists. Kyiv’s Anti-Terrorist Operation (a better name could have been given for this) is making progress in some cities but because Kyiv (unlike Russia in Chechnya) is unwilling to accept large numbers of civilian casualties progress will be limited. Historians and political experts will spend the next few years analysing how this region was so quickly taken over which can be reduced to five factors:
Firstly, undoubtedly Russian “green men” played an important role in giving professional expertise to hitherto marginal pan-Slavic and pro-Russian groups. Read more →
His apparent moderation of tone recently prompts me to revisit a scenario that emerged earlier in the Euromaidan upheavals. In reality it is probably at best one of many conceivable options with which the Russia president may be toying with regard to Ukraine.
The scenario may seem so far-fetched as to be unworthy of considering. It stems from an alleged leak of a conversation between Yulia Tymoshenko and Nestor Shufrych of the National Security Council of Ukraine held in March. Tymoshenko appeared to suggest that Ukrainians should kill Russians and assassinate President Putin. According to Moscow Times (cited in The Washington Post), although Shufrych rejected the authenticity of the statement, an entry from Tymoshenko on Twitter appeared to verify the comments as representing her position. Read more →
Putin’s Ukraine Doctrine: in captivity stereotypes
University of Alberta, Edmonton
The two heads of the eagle on Russia’s coat of arms, said to face both East and West, seem today to be pulling to the past and to the future, history and geography. In Eastern Europe, geography is in constant battle with history, never more so than today as Russia tests its new/old political doctrine in Ukraine.
President Putin held a telethon on April 17 designed to highlight his Ukraine policy following on his annexation of Crimea. Performing supporting roles at this stage-managed ceremony were representatives of the Russian opposition and Western analysts, members of the Valdai Club. I hope those in attendance won’t take offense, but they were a sorry spectacle.
Vadym Khmarsky: “Odesa has no problems with Ukrainian patriotism”
Oleksandr Pankieiev, coordinator of the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum: The Case of Euromaidan, interviewed Vadym Khmarsky, Ukrainian historian, Professor, Head of Department of History of Ukraine and Vice-President of the Odessa National University. Vadym Khmarsky told Oleksandr Pankieiev about the preconditions of the Ukrainian crisis and shared his own feelings.