Ukraine’s newest citizen used to be President of Georgia

Ukraine’s Odessa Oblast, home to, yes, that’s right, Odessa, Ukraine’s third-largest city and most important seaport now that Crimea is in Russian hands, is a region of great concern to Kiev. As you can imagine, it’s of great strategic value both to Kiev and to those who might be looking to establish a separate Russian… Continue reading Ukraine’s newest citizen used to be President of Georgia

Ukraine’s non-ceasefire is officially over now, right?

Without suggesting in any way that Ukraine’s civil war ever really stopped, because it never really did, it seems clear now that it’s back on in a big way. It’s one thing for the army and the Donbas rebels (and the Russians?) to still be struggling over control of the Donetsk Airport, but it’s quite… Continue reading Ukraine’s non-ceasefire is officially over now, right?

The problem with neocons, in one paragraph

James Miller and Pierre Vaux both write for The Interpreter, which specializes in translating and analyzing Russian media for the English audience. They’ve obviously got some Opinions about Ukraine, which generally slot into the “where’s my damn World War III already, Obama?” category, and so they took issue with what Obama had to say about… Continue reading The problem with neocons, in one paragraph

Ukraine is teetering on the brink of war again

The September 6 ceasefire that supposedly halted the war in eastern Ukraine has never actually been implemented in practice, but the low-level violence that’s been ongoing since then is now threatening to escalate back into full-scale war. The flashpoint is Donetsk’s international airport, which has been contested by Kiev and the rebels since late May… Continue reading Ukraine is teetering on the brink of war again