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Ukraine Live Day 375: With 3 Ukrainian Soldiers And 1 Civilian Killed, ‘Ceasefire’ Looks Tenuous

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.

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James Miller
James Miller

A Most Violent Year

Updated — Our list of articles marking the one year anniversary of the Euromaidan Revolution:


One year ago today Viktor Yanukovych offered the people of Ukraine a deal: the government would give the protesters amnesty if they would abandon their positions in Maidan Square and elsewhere across Kiev. The protesters, who had nearly frozen in the months spent in the cold city squares, saw the deal as a way to subvert the protest. They did not leave. The government, believing that they had given the protesters a final chance to avoid bloodshed, deployed its infamous Berkut riot police to the streets. Chaos erupted, and instead of ending the crisis, the actions of the Yanukovych government on February 17-18 shook the regime to its knees.

365 days ago today, seeing the chaos in the street, we made a decision — to launch a liveblog on the events in Kiev (read it here). Ukraine was an important story for the world then not because the West would gain an ally or an economic partner, although it had sought to do both those things. The story was important because the actions of the Yanukovych government were heavily influenced by the desires of Moscow, which was bullying friends and opponents alike across eastern Europe. The crisis has continued for a year not because of political instability in Ukraine but because of the revanchist imperialism of Putin, as demonstrated by the Anschluss of Crimea and then the Russian invasion of the Donbass. Unfortunately, the crisis will continue for as long as those factors remain unchanged, but our coverage will also continue.

With three full-time writers and a small budget, The Interpreter has covered this story, and many others, relentlessly. With your continued support we will continue to do so.

Our latest live coverage of the Ukraine crisis can be found here.

In the meantime, we will be marking the one year anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution and our own coverage throughout the week with a series of reflections, analysis, and editorials, written by colleagues, experts, soldiers, activists, and other distinguished guests.

We are honored to carry an editorial written by the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is alarmed by the amount of international agreements Russia has broken in just one year:

 

The Interpreter’s Catherine A. Fitzpatrick has written an overview and analysis of how the Russian opposition movement has responded to the crisis in Ukraine — A Year of Russian Opposition Over the War in Ukraine: From ‘Crimea is Ours’ to ‘Crisis is Ours’

The Intepreter’s managing editor James Miller has written a reflection on the events in Maidan Square, the launching point of the chaotic year that has followed.

Paul Goble writes that what happened last year was the birth of a nation, Ukraine, which is ultimately a threat to Russia because despite being an empire and a state, Russia never truly developed a national identity:

The last twelve months have seen something remarkable in European history: the birth of a new nation not defined by blood or language or passport nationality, as so many are, but rather by a common political faith in democracy and freedom and a common set of aspirations to join other European nations so constituted and defined. That nation is Ukraine, and its emergence as a self-confident civic nation represents both the greatest triumph in its history and the greatest threat it has ever posed to Russia, a country that has had a state for far longer but that to this day has not managed to be a nation.
Lilia Shevtsova, of the Brookings Institute, writes that Ukraine’s quest for democracy came at a time where the West is unwilling or unable to support it while Russia, entering into an “advanced state of decay,” is trying “to re-energize itself and test the readiness of the West to defend its principles.”

Read the article here:

Lilia Shevtsova, of the Brookings Institute, writes that Ukraine’s quest for democracy came at a time where the West is unwilling or unable to support it while Russia, entering into an “advanced state of decay,” is trying “to re-energize itself and test the readiness of the West to defend its principles.”

But at the same time the threat to [Ukraine's] statehood has become a powerful mechanism that galvanizes the birth of the new, European national identity and the building of a new Ukrainian nation. In some sense Ukrainians with their longing for dignity are already more Europeans than many old Europeans!

Read the entire article here.

Field journalist David Patrikarakos has written a reflection on the last year of war and upheaval in Ukraine:

If you wanted to sum up the war in a single image it would be this: artillery firing at the precise moment that politicians grandly announce at a “cessation in hostilities.” I was there last April when separatists (helped by ‘little green men’) first took over government buildings in the eastern towns of Donetsk, Lugansk and Slavyansk.

Read the entire article here:

Our first article in this series is a media analysis, written by Matt Sienkiewicz, Assistant Professor of Communication and International Studies at Boston College, on the importance of our “Ukraine Live” coverage and liveblogging in general. Read it here:

We have also launched a podcast about what we have learned in a year of covering this crisis:

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Ukraine Live Day 374: Despite Reported Fighting, Poroshenko To Order Artillery Withdrawal

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.

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Russia Update: Yet Another Bolotnaya Square Arrest, Nearly 3 Years After Anti-Putin Protest

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here.

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Yet another suspect has been detained in the case of the Bolotnaya Square anti-Putin demonstration.

See also our Russia This Week stories:

Ultranationalists Angry over ‘Capitulation’ of Minsk Agreement,
‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers

The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists?

Special features:

Novaya Gazeta Releases Sensational Kremlin Memo: ‘It is Seen as Correct to Initiate Annexation of Eastern Regions of Ukraine to Russia’
Former Russian Intelligence Officers Behind Boisto “Track II” Talks – and Now the Flawed Minsk Agreement.

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Russia Update: Prokhorov Denounces Civic Platform Leader Over Anti-Maidan March

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here.

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Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has denounced the leader of Civic Platform, the party he founded, because he decided to join the Anti-Maidan march in Moscow last weekend.

See also our Russia This Week stories:

Ultranationalists Angry over ‘Capitulation’ of Minsk Agreement,
‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers

The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists?

Special features:

Novaya Gazeta Releases Sensational Kremlin Memo: ‘It is Seen as Correct to Initiate Annexation of Eastern Regions of Ukraine to Russia’
Former Russian Intelligence Officers Behind Boisto “Track II” Talks – and Now the Flawed Minsk Agreement.

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Ukraine Live Day 373: Fearing for Her Life, Savchenko’s Attorney Appeals for Her Release in Court

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.

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For links to individual updates click on the timestamps.

For the latest summary of evidence surrounding the shooting down of flight MH17 see our separate article: Evidence Review: Who Shot Down MH17?


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Liveblog Team

Russia Update: Ministry of Culture Plans Draft Law to Collect ‘Internet Tax’ to Pay Copyright Holders

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week stories Ultranationalists Angry over ‘Capitulation’ of Minsk Agreement, ‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers, The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists? and special features Former Russian Intelligence Officers Behind Boisto “Track II” Talks – and Now the Flawed Minsk Agreement and Johnson’s Russia List Spreads Invented Story About Germany Preparing Sanctions Against Kiev

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Ukraine Live Day 372: Russian-Backed Forces Capture Villages East Of Mariupol

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.

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For the latest summary of evidence surrounding the shooting down of flight MH17 see our separate article: Evidence Review: Who Shot Down MH17?


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Russia Update: Anti-Maidan Sheds ‘Novorossiya’ Leaders, Channels Hatred To ‘Fascists’

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week stories Ultranationalists Angry over ‘Capitulation’ of Minsk Agreement, ‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers, The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists? and special features Former Russian Intelligence Officers Behind Boisto “Track II” Talks – and Now the Flawed Minsk Agreement and Johnson’s Russia List Spreads Invented Story About Germany Preparing Sanctions Against Kiev

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Ukraine Live Day 371: Russian-Backed Forces Continue Attacks Across Front Line

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast.

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For the latest summary of evidence surrounding the shooting down of flight MH17 see our separate article: Evidence Review: Who Shot Down MH17?