Tag: Luhansk

A Transdniestria-2 In the Donbas Wouldn’t Be a Russian Victory, Mamontov Says

February 20, 2015

Staunton, February 18 — Vladimir Mamontov, head of the Moscow Speaks radio station, says that the creation of a Transdniestria-like entity in eastern Ukraine “should not be considered a victory” for Russia, a statement that has at least three possible meanings, none of which should be ignored. First of all, Mamontov’s words could be what […]

Putin ‘Will Not Advance Further’ In Ukraine, Kyiv Journalist Says

February 17, 2015

Staunton, February 16 – Many in Ukraine and elsewhere are fearful that Vladimir Putin will expand his aggression into other regions of Ukraine, but, according to Ivan Yakovina of Novoye Vremya, he does not at least at the present time have “the strength, the motive or the opportunity” to do so. There are six compelling […]

Any Russian Region Could, With Outside Help, Become a Donbas

February 11, 2015

Staunton, February 6 – Like many countries, the Russian Federation suffers from many regional and ethnic tensions, any one of which could become a Donbas if an outside power provided it with assistance, a reality that both Moscow and many in the West appear to have forgotten, according to Ukrainian commentator Pavel Kazarin. In a […]

A Russian Collapse Could Flood Ukraine With Refugees From the East, Kyiv Scholar Says

December 17, 2014

Staunton, December 17 – For much of the past year, many commentators have focused on the flood of refugees from southeastern Ukraine into the Russian Federation, but now, given economic and political instability in Russia, Ukraine must be prepared for a flood of refugees from the east, according to Sergey Datsyuk. Speaking at a Kyiv […]

Moscow Coming Up With Ever More Euphemisms To Hide Russian Losses In Ukraine

December 1, 2014

Staunton, November 28 – Because Vladimir Putin continues to insist that there are no Russian military personnel in Ukraine, the Russian defense ministry has been forced to use ever more euphemisms in order to hide the reality that Russian soldiers are dying there. Now, the Russian dead will be called “those who died in exercises […]

Putin Commits Himself to ‘Novorossiya’

August 29, 2014

Staunton, August 29 – Given how often Vladimir Putin lies, it may be a mistake to make too much of any of his statements as an indication of where he is heading. But his use of the term “Novorossiya” in his statement yesterday, the first time he has talked about that space within Ukraine as […]

Moscow ‘Evacuates’ Factory from Ukraine to Chuvashia

August 28, 2014

Staunton, August 27 – The Russian Spring portal has proudly declared that “the Luhansk machine-building factory is being evacuated to Russian Chuvashia,” an operation it said was taking place “as a result of extreme circumstances.” The factory supposedly was under fire from Ukrainian forces and much of it had been “destroyed.” It is likely that […]

Why People in Eastern Ukraine Haven’t Flocked to Secessionist Banners

July 29, 2014

Staunton, July 29 – As the Ukrainian military closes in on Moscow-backed forces in southeastern Ukraine, Russian commentators are scrambling to explain why the Russian-speaking population in that region have not flocked to the banners of the secessionists in Donetsk and Lugansk. Not surprisingly, these commentators have not focused on the fact that the population […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 146: Prelude To a Border War?

July 13, 2014

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 donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For links to individual updates click on the timestamps. Below […]