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Democracy in Ukraine: Four years after the Euromaidan

Democracy in Ukraine: Four years after the Euromaidan

BY DENYS KIRYUKHIN Today, four years after the start of the Euromaidan, which called for pro-democratic and pro-European choices, Ukrainians are again encouraged to take to the streets, with tent camps of protesters rising near the walls of the Verkhovna Rada. Meanwhile the opposition is again accusing the state of corruption and inefficiency as oligarchs […]

Donbas, Pandora’s Box: Shortcomings of the Proxy War Approach

Donbas, Pandora’s Box: Shortcomings of the Proxy War Approach

BY TETYANA MALYARENKO On Friday, November 24, Igor Plotnitsky, leader of the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR), resigned “due to health issues,” and Leonid Pasechnik, the “state security minister,” took over. This change in leadership resulted from a conflict between Igor Plotnitsky and the “siloviki” bloc, in particular “Minister of Interior” Igor Kornet and Pasechnik […]

UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine: How It Can Help Settle, Not Freeze, the Conflict in Donbas

UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine: How It Can Help Settle, Not Freeze, the Conflict in Donbas

BY VASYL FILIPCHUK Russia’s proposal to have a UN peacekeeping operation on the contact line in eastern Ukraine has accelerated the international negotiating process regarding settling the conflict in the Donbas. The use of peacekeepers has already been discussed at recent meetings in Belgrade between the newly appointed U.S. special envoy, Kurt Volker, and Russian […]

Ukraine Four Years after the Euromaidan

Ukraine Four Years after the Euromaidan

BY KOSTIANTYN FEDORENKO It has been four years since the mass protests in Ukraine, which eventually led to regime change, began. People protested against a foreign policy shift to Russia; they were eventually beaten up by the police. As the violence escalated and protesters did not give up, despite sustaining numerous casualties, Yanukovych fled the […]

Big Aims for a Deal in Eastern Europe

Big Aims for a Deal in Eastern Europe

BY MIKHAIL MINAKOV Last year, after a series of meetings at all levels among official Kyiv, Washington, and Moscow, talks about the possibility of a big deal between the West and Russia regarding the conflict in the Donbas and connected issues resumed. If a deal is unavoidable, then, in my opinion, it should serve not […]

(Not Only a) Russian Revolution: Centennial Meditations

(Not Only a) Russian Revolution: Centennial Meditations

  BY MIKHAIL MINAKOV A century ago, revolution broke out in the Russian Empire. The first step was taken in February 1917, when the monarchy fell and a republic was instituted. The second major event in the revolutionary drama was connected with the takeover of the Winter Palace by the Bolsheviks in October 1917. And […]