Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A wicked imported conflict [updated]

Check out this article from Spiegel [in English] about the surreal Russian - Ukrainian war:

"Could it be that the much discussed conflict between the Russians, the West and the eastern Ukrainians doesn't really exist?
The longer I am in this city [of Donetsk], the more I believe that much of what is said about the war in eastern Ukraine isn't true. Others have imported the conflict."

p.s. An absolute must-read: Andrey Kurkov's just-published 'Ukraine Diaries'...
"an invaluable guide to the present crisis"

Also "Strategic snapshots: The Ukraine Crisis and the International System"
Short 10 minute video from IISS here 

pps "Of all the horror I've seen this one


stands out. Girl in dress symbolizes "suicidal" country of mine." 03'40"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Collective madness against Ukraine [update 2]

If anyone has doubts as to Putin's intent to punish and subjugate Ukraine  then they should check out this video of a recent Biker show held in Sevastopol:

The crudest anti-Ukrainian propaganda concoction imaginable.. an Orwellian nightmare come true...on a par with Hitler's Germany..

What harm have Ukrainians done to Russians to deserve this?

p.s. the MC of the show, blurting the anti-Ukraine rhetoric, is Alexander Zaldostanov (a.k.a 'The Surgeon)', head of the Night Wolves. He allegedly has an enduring friendship with Putin himself, no less....

Update: This hate-show about #Ukraine was broadcast live on #Russia-2 TV channel. [source]

Here's a much shorter, 20-minute version..

Update 2: A great analysis of this diabolical show, and message from Putin,  from Buzzfeed here

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Seeds of Merkel-led de-escalation plan?

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. [Saturday night]

The President drew attention to the efforts of the Ukrainian government to establish humanitarian assistance in the cities affected by the actions of terrorists. In particular, about sending to Lugansk professionals to repair electrical substations and restore water and food supply.

Petro Poroshenko informed that after the talks with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer and other international partners, the possibility of sending a humanitarian mission to Lugansk is considered: "We are ready to receive humanitarian assistance, but it will be an international mission, without military escort, which goes only through border crossing points controlled by Ukrainian border guards and accompanied by Ukrainian military for the security of the mission", stressed the President.

Angela Merkel said that Germany, as well as its allies, holds a clear position that any humanitarian mission should be sent only in accordance with the international law, namely only through the channels of the UN or the Red Cross, and only in consultation with the Ukrainian side. "Our position is clear - any invasion, even if it is called humanitarian, is an invasion, and it is a red line that no state may cross", said the Chancellor of Germany.

Angela Merkel and Petro Poroshenko discussed the possibility of participation of Germany in international humanitarian mission. They also coordinated the next steps for de-escalation of the situation in the counter-terrorist operation.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Will Russia invade Ukraine?

If you have a spare half hour or so, listen to this excellent, frequently fascinating podcast from 'The Interpreter' 

"This week on The Interpreter podcast Boston College Professor Matt Sienkiewicz and The Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller are joined by The Interpreter’s editor-in-chief Michael Weiss to discuss the latest news from Ukraine.

The key questions on everyone’s mind — will Russia invade Ukraine? What is Russia’s end game here? Why is Putin doing what Putin is doing? And what does this all have to do with the shooting down of MH17?"

One of the speakers explains: To understand 'The Godfather' or series like 'The Sopranos'...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yatsenyuk still favourite for PM

Interesting straw poll in big-selling 'Segodnya' website.

Who would you like to see in the prime minister's chair?

56% respondents proposed Yatsenyuk, 37% 'another candidate', and 7% said Groysman..

Over 18 thousand votes so far...

Кого бы вы хотели видеть в кресле премьер-министра Украины?
Арсения Яценюка
Другую кандидатуру
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Also this, just off the press [click to enlarge]