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

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 Vedomosti.ru 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.

Statement from Volodymyr Vasylenko on Russian Aggression

Statement from Head of the Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine Volodymyr Vasylenko on Russian Aggression

On March 1, 2014, the Russian Federation’s Federation Council of the Federal Assembly approved a resolution allowing to deploy Russian armed forces in the Ukrainian territory. With this legislative act, the Federation Council legalized Vladimir Putin’s political decision, based on which Russian armed forces began blocking Ukrainian military units and seizing government buildings and transport routes in the Crimea even before the adoption of the resolution. Read more

Statement from Volodymyr Vasylenko on Crimea

Statement from Head of the Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine Volodymyr Vasylenko on Crimea


povidomytyTo the Guarantor Countries, Signatories of the Budapest Memorandum,
Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council

The Command of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation has issued an ultimatum to units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Crimea.
It specifies that they are to surrender by 5:00 a.m. local time on 4 March 2014.
If this is not done, a warning has been given that these units will be stormed, with the use of all types of weapons.
Armed forces of the Russian Federation are also concentrated along the eastern borders of Ukraine, which means that an attack from the east is being prepared. Read more