Ukraine At War

Ukraine Liveblog: Day 3 — the Crisis Explodes

February 20, 2014

The tenuous “truce” brokered yesterday between the government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukoyvch and the Euromaidan opposition appears to be fallen apart already. Paramilitary titushki thugs still roams the streets armed with guns, snipers have again been spotted, dozens of activists have been reported killed, and scores injured protesters are being treated in makeshift field […]

What Is Happening In Ukraine? Interpreter Podcast – February 19 2014

February 19, 2014

On Tuesday 25 people were killed as Ukrainian riot police stormed a camp of protesters in Kiev’s central square? What’s going on? Why are Ukrainians protesting? Why is the government resisting? And what does all this have to do with Russia and the United States? Each week, The Interpreter’s managing editor James Miller is joined by Boston College Professor Dr. […]

What Happened Overnight in Kiev and Throughout Ukraine

The following is a translation of an article on Slon, summarizing yesterday’s events across Ukraine. For more details see The Interpreter’s liveblog, which has extensive pictures, videos, and reports. Also see today’s liveblog for the latest news. — Ed. Barricades on the side of Institutskaya Street and Evropeyskaya Square were taken by Berkut, the square […]

Oksana Forostyna: “Kiev hasn’t faced such violence since the Second World War.”

Two weeks ago, The Interpreter‘s editor-in-chief Michael Weiss interviewed Oksana Forostyna, executive editor for Krytyka Journal (think Ukraine’s London Review of Books). An outspoken intellectual and pro-Euromaidan activist, she talked about what the protestors in Kiev, now facing the bloodiest day of a three-month-long uprising (for more on this, see our liveblog), really want and what […]

Could an Ultra-Nationalist Become Prime Minister of Ukraine?

February 5, 2014

Ukraine’s Svoboda party is a right-win, anti-communist, nationalist party led by Oleh Tyahnybok. The party is in direct opposition to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, but it has also been criticized as being ultra-nationalistic, or even xenophobic. It is just one of the parties vying for support from the anti-Yanukovych protesters in the streets of Ukraine. […]

Interview With EU Ambassador to Russia: Part 1

February 3, 2014

A pro-Kremlin Russian media outlet, Kommersant, has held a question and answer session with the EU’s ambassador to Russia, Vygaudas Ušackas, in which they discuss relations between Moscow and Brussels. This is the first part of the interview. The second part can be found here. – Ed. Several days before the latest Russian-European Union (EU) […]

Ukrainians Through the Eyes of Russian TV Personalities

January 30, 2014

Let’s start with the weather. Recently an exotic-looking gentleman has become a permanent fixture on the “Russia‑24” public TV channel: a catchy checkered blazer, an acid-pink shirt, and a saucy scarf. His outfit, his nervous manners, and picaresque tone, recalls Bulgakov’s Korovyev, rather than a leading specialist of the “Phobos” weather center. Up until now […]

Russian State Duma Asks West To Not Interfere in Ukraine

January 24, 2014

On Wednesday the State Duma issued a statement on the events in Ukraine. As the Russian Foreign Minister did the day before, the deputies called on external forces to refrain from interfering in what is happening and to not aggravate the situation. “The State Duma calls on foreign politicians, who in violation of international law […]