The Ukrainian ceasefire that wasn’t, but might be soon, I guess

There was great news earlier today when Petro Poroshenko’s office declared that he and Vladimir Putin had cut a deal to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Finally, an end to the fighting and a chance for everybody, from Moscow to Washington, to cool off a bit. Really great news. Except, well, Putin was never… Continue reading The Ukrainian ceasefire that wasn’t, but might be soon, I guess

The case of MH17 remains needlessly (?) curious

My latest at LobeLog looks at the fringe theory that Ukraine, not Russia or pro-Russia separatists, shot down MH17. Journalist Robert Parry has been pushing this theory since the incident, and it won’t go away despite a lack of evidence (Parry’s reporting relies entirely on anonymous sources), in no small part because the US government… Continue reading The case of MH17 remains needlessly (?) curious

The importance of being precise: an ongoing series

It seems to me that when you’re writing about something as sensitive as the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, you might want to be sure that you’re reporting exactly what’s happening, and not being careless about wording in a way that could inflame the story. But at Vox (which, full confession, I read regularly… Continue reading The importance of being precise: an ongoing series

We got a great big convoy, rockin’ thru the night

Did Russia-Ukraine turn into a shooting war last night? NATO and Ukraine said that a column of military vehicles crossed into Ukraine from Russia Thursday night, and Ukraine later said that most of them had been destroyed by artillery fire. It was not clear whether Russian soldiers or rebel separatists were driving the vehicles. President… Continue reading We got a great big convoy, rockin’ thru the night

You would think that a militia flying a Nazi flag in Ukraine would get more attention

Ukraine continues to be under-covered, which isn’t really anybody’s fault given what’s happening in Iraq and in Gaza, again, but it still unfortunate. Barring some dramatic military move by Russia, it seems like the separatist movement is all but finished; the most important rebel stronghold, Donetsk, is reportedly on the verge of falling to Kiev,… Continue reading You would think that a militia flying a Nazi flag in Ukraine would get more attention

If Ukraine is worried about a Russian “humanitarian” intervention, why not stop giving them the excuse?

So Russia didn’t invade Ukraine last week, but there seems to be a growing consensus that they will. From a tactical standpoint I’m still not sure what Putin is waiting for; if he’s decided to invade then waiting just means the rebels’ position will have deteriorated that much further by the time the invasion does… Continue reading If Ukraine is worried about a Russian “humanitarian” intervention, why not stop giving them the excuse?