Ukraine At War

Ukraine Liveblog: Day 9 — Unifying the Police and Military

February 26, 2014

The country is simultaneously more united and more divided today, and the interim government is gaining control or disbanding part of deposed president Yanukovych’s security apparatus. At the same time, rival protests have been held in east Ukraine, and there’s now a growing rift between those who wish to declare independence from Ukraine and those […]

All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress: Antisemitism Not on the Rise

February 25, 2014

The Russian media and some foreign media outlets have expressed concerns about rising antisemitism, neo-Nazism, and ultra-radical nationalism in the wake of the Ukrainian revolution. To be sure, the right wing organization Pravyi Sektor, or “Right Sector,” and the Svoboda party are nationalist organizations linked with some radical ideologies. A very prominent Jewish Ukrainian, Vadim […]

Could Russia Send Troops to the Crimea?

Many Western publications are asking whether Russia will militarily intervene in Ukraine, particularly in the southeast region of Crimea. We have been following this question very closely. But this isn’t just a question being asked in the West — the Russian media is asking the exact same question. Some in Russia are as worried for […]

Ukraine Liveblog: Day 8 — Yanukovych to Face Trial at The Hague

Where is Yanukovych? Will Russia invade Crimea? Will Ukraine get emergency loans so the economy doesn’t collapse? Will the interim government reestablish control before the country falls into a darker chapter of this revolution? As the country rebuilds, we’ll be watching. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview of what’s behind the protests […]

An Indulgence for Extremism in Ukraine

February 24, 2014

This editorial was published on February 19th, 2014, in the midst of the growing crisis in Ukraine (See The Interpreter’s liveblog from February 19 for additional context). It was published by the pro-Kremlin Izvestia. Note that the violent actions of the Ukrainian government, or the actions of the Russian government, are absent. Also note the […]

Ukraine Liveblog: Day 7 — Decoding Documents & Indicting Dictators

This weekend in Ukraine, intense violence gave way to non-violent revolution, as the protesters in Maidan occupied the streets, government buildings, and palaces of Kiev, and their supporters occupied the parliament. The now-impeached President Viktor Yanukovych is missing, and an warrant has now been issued for his arrest. Oleksandr Turchynov, the interim President, and the […]

Ukraine Updates: Day 6 — The President Is Deposed, Where is the President?

February 23, 2014

Yesterday could have been a day of bloodshed, but instead was a non-violent day of victory for the protesters in the street. The police and Presidential administration deserted the capital, letting protesters take over. President Yanukovych refused to resign, but the Rada impeached him and empowered a new government. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was […]

Ukraine Liveblog: Day 5 — Yanukovych Topples?

February 22, 2014

The Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has reportedly fled the capital of Kiev. The people in the streets are demanding nothing less than his resignation. The question now is whether he will step down, or resist. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview of what’s behind the protests and analysis of today’s news see […]

A Breakdown of the Latest News from Ukraine: Interpreter Podcast February 21 2014

February 21, 2014

The President of Ukraine has just signed an agreement that could end the crisis. What does the agreement say? Will it work? Will Russia intervene and make things worse? Will there be a civil war? And why is everyone protesting again? Boston College Professor Matt Sienkiewicz and Interpreter Magazine’s managing editor James Miller break down […]

Ukraine Liveblog: Day 4 — Yanukovych Teeters

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has lost much of his power base following the bloodiest day in a 72-hour period in Ukraine. He has now announced early elections, though without specifying when they might be held. Meanwhile, Russia has threatened military action in Crimea to protect ethnic Russians and a Russian military base there. Yesterday’s liveblog […]