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Ukraine Liveblog Day 51: Separatists Given 48 Hour Deadline

April 9, 2014

Ukraine’s Interior Minister has given pro-Russian separatists who have taken over government buildings 48 hours to negotiate with authorities or they will be removed by force. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 50: Russia Warns of Civil War

April 8, 2014

In the last two days pro-Russian protesters have seized government buildings and held protests across eastern Ukraine. Now Russia accuses the government in Kiev of sparking a civil war. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 48: Pro-Russian Protests in the East.

April 6, 2014

Pro-Russian protesters have stormed administrative buildings in Donetsk and Luhansk today, while other rallies have been held in Dnipropetrovsk. Yesterday, the Russian state news agency, ITAR-TASS reported that the Russian Foreign Ministry has received “sacks of letters” asking for protection from Russia. There have been many rallies and repeated, temporary occupations of government buildings in […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 47: Could the EU Help End the Crisis?

April 5, 2014

After the annexation of Crimea, the EU is working to both fast-track candidate nation’s acceptance into the economic union. But the EU is also working with Russia to ease tensions. And unlike NATO, another group scrambling to discourage further Russian expansion, the EU doesn’t have any tanks. Could the European Union be the key to […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 46: Russia Pulls Representative to NATO

April 4, 2014

During the Cold War, Canada and NATO had diplomatic relations with Russia, and the United States cooperated with Russia to explore outer-space. With today’s news that Russia is pulling its military representative to NATO, relations between Russia and the West are arguably worse than they’ve been in more than a generation. Yesterday’s liveblog can be […]

Russia This Week: Is the Crimean Annexation Putin’s Anschluss? (March 31-April 5)

Updated Daily. Russians protesting Putin’s forcible annexation of Crimea are experiencing a backlash from conservative officials and activists and a campaign of xenophobia and hatred for dissenters has been unleashed. In recent weeks, Dmitry Kiselyov, Russia’s chief TV propagandist, has reminded us that only Russia can “reduce America to radiocative ash.” Conservative Sen. Oleg Panteleyev, […]

Is Russia’s Military Really As Good As It Was in Crimea?

April 3, 2014

Three to five days is all the Russian military would need to overrun Ukrainian resistance in the east and south of the country if the decision was made to invade. Within 12 hours of ordering an invasion, Russian troops described as: “a very large and very capable and very ready force” could be across the […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 45: Ukraine Arrests Berkut Officers For ‘Mass Murder’

Ukraine has arrested members of the disbanded Berkut riot police that the Interior Ministry says are guilty of shooting protesters during the five-day Euromaidan revolution in February. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 44: Yanukovych Adopts Kremlin Talking Points

April 2, 2014

Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych has given a definat speech today, while Ukraine’s new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk tries to find a path forward to rebuild the government. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable […]