Despite Unrest in the East, Young Educated Ukrainians Are Looking to Stay

June 3, 2014

Kiev — Every day, the news from Ukraine’s war torn eastern regions, Lugansk and Donetsk, seems to get worse. The death toll, now well over 200, is climbing as fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian Army continues. With the appearance of “Vostok” — a well-trained and armed militant group made up largely of Russian […]

On Election Eve, Controversy Over Russian Election Observation Mission

May 25, 2014

This article was written on Saturday, May 24, ahead of today’s elections. Kiev: Election observers have descended on Ukraine for the presidential elections this Sunday, May 25. Given the tumultuous situation in Ukraine’s separatist eastern regions, Luhansk and Donetsk, the elections are particularly important for legitimating Ukraine’s central government and reestablishing faith in Ukraine’s democracy […]

A Separatist’s Point of View In Kharkiv

May 13, 2014

This is a dispatch from Kharkiv, written before the referendum vote this past weekend. – Ed. Kharkiv, Ukraine — Two of Ukraine’s eastern regions, Donetsk and Lugansk, are holding a referendum to establish an autonomous republic in their regions. In neighboring Kharkiv, pro-Russian separatists would like to see the same. Oleg — a young, well-educated, […]

In Kharkiv The Division Between Residents Is Hardening

May 4, 2014

Kharkiv, Ukraine — “The last few months have divided friends and families,” says Olga Filippova, a 47-year-old social scientist and long time Kharkiv resident, “I can’t even talk to my relative [who lives in Russia] about politics, because she would rather believe the news than me. We’ve agreed to only talk about family, but that […]

Who’s In Control? A Dispatch From Kiev

Kiev, Ukraine —  On May 1, Ukraine’s acting president Turchynov admitted that it lost control of eastern Ukraine. The following day, on May 2, the government launched a military offensive to take back eastern cities from militants. In Slavyansk, two military helicopters were shot down, allegedly by the pro-Russian forces. In Odessa, the death toll […]