Russian MPs: OSCE Plan a ‘Face Saving’ Cover for West’s Retreat On Ukraine

May 15, 2014

Staunton, May 15 – A survey of Russian parliamentarians present and past shows that they are nearly unanimous in believing that the OSCE proposal about Ukraine shows that “the West is retreating” from its earlier positions on the conflict there but wants to do so in a “face-saving way.” As it often does on political […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 75: Odessa Counts Its Dead

May 3, 2014

After the horror of the fire in Odessa last night, the world is nervously waiting to see both how the Ukrainian government handles this tragedy, and whether the Kremlin will use this as the provocation they’ve been waiting for. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 70: Fresh Sanctions Ahead As Situation Grows More Chaotic

April 28, 2014

While the US President, Barack Obama, is due to announce a new range of sanctions against Russia later today, the situation in Ukraine is rapidly getting worse. Russian-backed fighters still hold seven OSCE monitors and three SBU officers hostage, in addition to others including the Ukrainian journalist Irma Krat. Furthermore, the violence has spread further […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 27: Referendum Day

March 16, 2014

Crimea has gone to the polls today to decide, nominally at least, between joining the Russian Federation or reverting to the 1992 Crimean consitution (a declaration of independence from Ukraine in all but name). The referendum has been condemned by both the Ukrainian government and almost all foreign states bar Venezuela, Syria and North Korea. […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 19: Nerves of Steel Tested

March 8, 2014

Last night, Russian troops and Crimean paramilitaries stormed a Ukrainian base near Sevastopol, Crimea. Despite the increasingly aggressive activity of the Russian forces in Crimea, the Ukrainian military has not surrendered, and has not fired at their assaulters — perhaps staving off a civil war. Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and […]