Blood And Gold: Smuggling And Murder In Ukraine’s Grey Zone

December 5, 2016

The war in Ukraine, having cost more than 9,000 lives since it begun in the spring of 2014, has now entered a relatively stagnant phase. No major offensives have occurred since Russian regular forces assaulted the city of Debaltsevo in February, 2015. Along the static front lines, warfare more closely resembles that of the First […]

Russian State Media Fabricates Steinmeier Quote Blaming Protesters For Syrian Civil War

September 15, 2016

Sputnik, a Russian state-owned, English-language  news agency, ran a story today claiming that the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, had, in part, blamed protesters and pro-democracy activists for the Syrian civil war.     Steinmeier is regarded in some quarters as being somewhat friendlier to the Kremlin than his French and British counterparts, or his Chancellor, Angela […]

After The Failed Coup Erdogan Moves Toward Rapprochement With Moscow

July 25, 2016

At the end of last week, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is to visit the Kremlin at the beginning of August. This will be Erdoğan’s first face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart since September 2015. Relations between the two countries, which had been fraying over the course […]

An Undeclared War On A Neighbor: Cross-Border Shelling In The Summer Of 2014

July 18, 2016

Just over two years ago, on July 16, 2014, The Interpreter was able to geolocate and verify video footage showing rocket launchers in Russian territory firing into Ukraine, clearly demonstrating the international nature of the conflict.     While the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 on the following day overshadowed this major escalation in the […]

New Survey Depicts A Ukraine In Which Citizens Have Lost Confidence In Government

July 13, 2016

The International Republican Institute (IRI) has published a survey of political opinion in Ukraine showing overwhelming dissatisfaction with the current government. The survey, which was funded by the Canadian government, uses polling data stretching collected between May 28 and June 14 this year, with comparisons with data from as far back as 2011. 2,400 eligible […]

Tabloids Revive Old And Debunked MH17 Conspiracies

April 25, 2016

With the upcoming broadcast of a BBC documentary on the conspiracy theories surrounding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, several media outlets, both Western and Russian, have revived some old and debunked claims. This morning, Britain’s Daily Express ran, in a break from its usual staples of Princess Diana stories and […]