Ukrainian Missile Defenseless
People across Europe are worrying, What of Ukraine? ...Imagine if Ukraine had kept a few of its Soviet-era nuclear weapons and missiles. Talk of Russian pressure, let alone attack, would disappear...
18:26, 02 September 2008
Divide and capitalise: Russia exploits a limp EU summit on the Georgian crisis
The summit was limp, as expected, reflecting the failure of the EU to bridge the rift between Germany, an advocate of not provoking Russia, and Britain, (finally) arguing that it should give more help...
17:44, 02 September 2008
Russia's propaganda warfare
Western leaders face two fronts in their stand-off with Russia over its use of force to re-draw borders in Europe: one is the Russian army on the ground. The other is a propaganda war.
17:57, 29 August 2008
Ukraine, Russia and European stability
Europe also must re-balance the energy relationship with Russia. Europe needs to invest in storing gas to deal with interruptions. More interconnections between countries and properly functioning internal markets will increase resilience...
15:36, 29 August 2008
A banal though undoubtedly unseemly clash occurred in Lviv. The main players were activists from a youth Jewish centre and the centre`s neighbours – a retired couple... Only the overheated pensioners received any injuries and those were not serious...
13:12, 29 August 2008
Business in Ukraine eyeing Russia but confident
You might think war next door would make your average western executive take his money and run, but foreign business in Ukraine is still as concerned with red tape and inflation as a looming Russia...
12:19, 29 August 2008
Putin accuses U.S. of orchestrating Georgian war
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict in Georgia to benefit one of its presidential election candidates...
10:49, 29 August 2008
Dynamo relentless in defeat of Spartak
FC Dynamo Kyiv defeated former Soviet rivals FC Spartak Moskva 4-1 for the second time in two weeks to confirm their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage...
13:08, 28 August 2008
Testing the Cold War in Crimea
A good test of Russian intentions could come in Crimea, the territory jutting out in the Black Sea. It is part of Ukraine. If Russia started to agitate on behalf of its "brothers" in Crimea and argued that it must have Sevastopol...
16:53, 27 August 2008
Target the Kremlin pocketbooks
Yet the West is in a stronger position than it or Vladimir Putin may realize. A properly managed "soft power" response -- such as a law enforcement campaign targeting Russia`s ruling elites -- could be...
11:41, 27 August 2008
Russia: we are ready for a new cold war
Russia`s relations with the west plunged to their most critical point in a generation yesterday when the Kremlin built on its military rout of Georgia by recognising the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states...
11:12, 27 August 2008
Georgia must be whole and free
Although the neighbor was Georgia, not Czechoslovakia, and the tanks bore Russian, not Soviet Union markings, the scene was chillingly reminiscent of 1968. These events directly affect Ukraine’s...
13:48, 26 August 2008
Georgia and the stakes for Ukraine
The conflict in Georgia revealed problems that extend well beyond our region. Recent events have made clear how perilous it is for the international community to ignore "frozen conflicts"...
10:10, 26 August 2008
Ukraine flexes its muscles
Ukraine held an army parade yesterday to celebrate 17 years of independence from the USSR. The display of military might follows Russia`s invasion of Georgia, a mutual pro-western ally... (with photo-report)
09:37, 26 August 2008
Ukraine risks wrath of Russia as Yushchenko sides with the West
Many Ukrainians fear they could be next to face the force of a resurgent Russia seemingly bent on avenging the disintegration of the Soviet empire...
12:04, 20 August 2008
Russian action in Georgia shows limits of West, NATO
Almost a week after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Russia it couldn`t roll back the clock to 1968 and invade its neighbors, the U.S. and European...
10:39, 20 August 2008
Staring down the Russians
The end of the Cold War was supposed to usher in a new age in which the major powers would no longer dictate to their neighbors how to run their affairs. That is why Russia`s invasion of Georgia is so tragic and...
11:40, 19 August 2008
Europe wonders if it can square its need for Russia with a distaste for Putin
The European dilemma is clear - how do they square their increasing energy dependence on Russia with their increasing political discomfort with Putin?...
09:06, 19 August 2008
Tea with the Financial Times: Yulia Tymoshenko
“When I joined the cabinet for the first time, I didn’t speak Ukrainian..." Sounding a little defensive, she assures me her braids are a family tradition... She strikes a less balanced note when the conversation turns to Viktor Yushchenko...
16:10, 18 August 2008
Ukraine's NATO accession: politics as usual
The recent crisis in Georgia has sunk that country’s chance to enter NATO anytime soon. But as analysts spar over whether Georgia’s NATO aspirations played a decisive role in precipitating the conflict, Ukraine’s entry looms ever larger on NATO’s agenda.
11:47, 18 August 2008