Ukraine At War

Kazan Tatars See No Future for Themselves in Putin’s Russia

March 24, 2014

Staunton, March 24 – Vladimir Putin’s transformation of Russia into a totalitarian, militarist and chauvinist state mean that the Kazan Tatars can see no future for themselves in that country as long as he is its president and is carrying out such policies, according to a declaration of the Millli Mejlis of the Kazan Tatar […]

Russians Must Oust Putin Rather than Suffer for His Imperial Ambitions, Felshtinsky Says

Staunton, March 24 – Russians must recognize that Vladimir Putin is “an aggressor and instigator of war,” that he is making them into “victims and participants in state crimes,” that he will eventually lose to the democratic world, and that he, they and their country will suffer and be held accountable just as the Germans […]

Do Putin’s Moves Reflect Russian Military’s Dependence on Ukraine’s Military Industry?

Staunton, March 24 – Vladimir Putin may have moved against Ukraine because the Russian military is dependent on Ukraine’s military industry if the Kremlin leader is to achieve his plans to launch a broader world war, a conclusion that if true both suggests the directions of Putin’s next moves and the best ways in which […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 34: Is Chance of War “Growing”?

March 23, 2014

As Russian troops seize Ukrainian bases and warships, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister warns that the prospects of war may be higher than ever. 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 service by making a […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 33: More Ukrainian Bases Fall to Russian Forces

March 22, 2014

Today Russians have stormed another Ukrainian military base in Crimea. Yesterday several Ukrainian warships were taken over. Now there is breaking news of shots fired near Belbek airbase. 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 […]

Citing Defense of Ethnic Russians in Crimea, Small Nationality in Russian Far East Demands Moscow Intervene

March 21, 2014

Staunton, March 21 – That Vladimir Putin’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea has opened a Pandora’s Box is, as Russian commentators say, “clear to the unaided eye.” But one problem that the Kremlin probably didn’t anticipate is that a small non-Russian nationality in the Russian Far East would call on Moscow to intervene to protect their […]

Crimea First ‘Ethnic Russian Republic’ within Russian Federation

Staunton, March 21 – By annexing Crimea, Vladimir Putin has created “the only ethnic Russian republic” within the Russian Federation, an ethnicization of political life there that will begin by threatening the Crimean Tatars with a new round of repression and end by threatening more of Russia’s neighbors and Russia itself, according to Renat Akhmetov. […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 32: Ukraine Signs EU Trade Pact

The deadline for the withdrawal of Ukrainian soldiers from Crimea is passing, and the interim government has signed an agreement with the European Union, an agreement ripe with symbolism as this fulfills the wishes of the protesters that started this revolution in the first place. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and […]

RT’s Manuel Ochsenreiter

Today we’re launching a new column, “Watching Russia,” focusing on Russian television propaganda and distortion, especially as pushed through the English-language news outlets like RT (formerly Russia Today) and Voice of Russia. Manuel Ochsenreiter is not a household name either in the United States or in his native Germany. He’s the editor of “Zuerst! German News Magazine” […]

Crimea a Precedent for Russian Actions Across Former Soviet Space, Influential Russian Analyst Says

Staunton, March 21 – Yana Amelina, a well-connected Russian analyst, says that Moscow’s annexation of Crimea is “a precedent for South Ossetia and the entire post-Soviet space,” the most expansive Russian interpretation yet of what Putin intends and an indication that the breakaway republic in Georgia is now in the Kremlin’s crosshairs. In two articles […]