… 16. CNN: Ukrainian President: Peace depends on Putin’s mood.
17. Kyiv Post: Poroshenko: ‘Russian society is full of aggression today.’ (speech at the Council of Europe)
18. Reuters: Sharp rise in people fleeing eastern Ukraine – UNHCR. …
… 16. CNN: Ukrainian President: Peace depends on Putin’s mood.
(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, June 27, 2014) Russians must recognize that sanctions are “the new economic and political reality” in which they live and overcome three widespread and government-promoted misconceptions about such sanctions if the country is going to be able to cope with them as well as possible, according to a senior Russian scholar. In […]» Read more
(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – June 27, 2014) The White House has submitted to Congress a 2015 military funding request that includes $1 billion to support NATO allies in Europe in response to Russia’s interference in Ukraine. The money is part of a total $65.8 billion Overseas Contingency Operations request that U.S. President Barack Obama submitted Thursday, […]» Read more
(Interfax – June 26, 2014) The ceasefire agreement established between Kiev and East Ukraine’s self-proclaimed republics’ leaders is not being observed and there is no point in extending it, “Donetsk People’s Republic” government co-chairman Myroslav Rudenko (Miroslav Rudenko), was quoted as saying in a report by privately-owned Russian news agency Interfax on 26 June. “How can something that never happened […]» Read more
(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Darya Lyubinskaya, special to RBTH – June 26, 2014) RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media, analysing the decision by Russia’s Federation Council to annul its resolution permitting the deployment of Russian armed forces in Ukraine, and proposed changes to the draft of the new Ukrainian Constitution submitted by Ukrainian […]» Read more
(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber – June 27, 2014) With Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova set to sign the economic sections of association agreements with the European Union on Friday, analysts say the deals will have minimal impact on the Russian economy but will further broaden the political schism between Russia and its neighbors. Russia should not lose more […]» Read more
(Interfax – June 26, 2014) A record growth of the approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his political course continues, sociologists said. The approval rating of President Putin stood at 86 percent in June, Levada Center told Interfax. The approval rating of the president grew 3 percent from 83 percet in May and 20 percet from 65 percent […]» Read more
(Business New Europe – bne.eu – COMMENT: Tim Ash of Standard Chartered – June 27, 2014) This is a landmark agreement for Ukraine, and will be transformational. Poroshenko has indicated that Ukraine aims for EU membership, but this is a long run goal – likely 10-15 years away, if then. Ukraine is realistic, and understanding of the changing politics in […]» Read more
NEWSLINK: Ukraine Cease-Fire to End Friday Evening If Talks Fail; Heavy Fighting Rages Around Several Separatist Strongholds in East
[“Ukraine Cease-Fire to End Friday Evening If Talks Fail; Heavy Fighting Rages Around Several Separatist Strongholds in East” – Wall Street Journal – Lukas I. Alpert – June 27, 2014] The Wall Street Journal reports on the planned expiration of a ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists in an eastern region of the country, and Russian calls for an extension. The […]» Read more
BRUSSELS, June 27 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s chances of attaining candidate status for membership in the European Union are hard to predict, Stefan Fuele, EU Commissioner for Enlargement said. “We are not at the stage when we could even speculate about the candidate status. We just signed the association agreement, it needs to be ratified, we need to move on […]» Read more
[“Ukraine Signs Trade Agreement With European Union” – New York Times – ANDREW HIGGINS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN – June 27, 2014] The New York Times reports on Ukraine and the European Union reaching a sweeping trade deal, one that had been the original impetus for protests effectively upending the earlier Ukrainian regime of Viktor Yanukovych. Meanwhile, Russia has threatened serious consequences in […]» Read more
MOSCOW. June 27 (Interfax) – The anti-constitutional coup staged in Ukraine and attempts to artificially impose a choice between Europe and Russia on that country have pushed Ukrainian society toward a split, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. “The acute crisis in this neighboring country seriously troubles us. The anti-constitutional coup in Kyiv and attempts to artificially impose a […]» Read more
[“Russia’s Putin calls for long-term Ukraine ceasefire, peace talks” – Reuters – Maria Tsvetkova June 27, 2014] Reuters covers the expiration for Ukraine’s eastern region ceasefire and Russian calls for an extension. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday a long-term ceasefire was needed in Ukraine to allow talks between the Kiev government and representatives of eastern regions where rebels are […]» Read more
[“Domestic focus sinks Russia, rings alarms for 2018 World Cup” – Reuters – 6.27.14] Reuters covers Russia’s soccer (football) woes. Even as Russia is slated to host the World Cup in 2018, Russian soccer reportedly is not poised to excel. Ironically, the situation is attributed, in part, to high salaries. The massive wages paid by Russia’s domestic clubs mean good […]» Read more
… 6. Bloomberg: Ukraine Optimism Wavers on Peace as Cease-Fire Winds Down.
7. New York Times: Russia and Others Seek Extended Ukraine Truce, but Separatists Balk.
8. DPA: Ukrainian separatists to hold fresh talks before ceasefire expires.
9. Business New Europe: Graham Stack, A show of arms by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. …
(The Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Allison Quinn – June 26, 2014) As the world marks the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Thursday, millions of drug addicts in Russia have nowhere to go for treatment, and specialists are in despair over the lack of progress in the country’s rehabilitation system. The Federal Drug Control […]» Read more
(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Alan Katz, Jesse Drucker, Irina Reznik – June 25, 2014) To see why U.S. economic sanctions against Russia are likely to have limited impact, follow the spending of a small Delaware-incorporated, Nasdaq-traded television company named CTC Media Inc. (CTCM) While CTC Media has a market capitalization of just $1.7 billion, it’s a good example of the […]» Read more
(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Kateryna Choursina, Patrick Donahue – June 26, 2014) Ukraine isn’t “too optimistic” it will soon clinch a peace deal with separatist rebels in the east, a minister said, as the U.S. and the European Union raised pressure on Russia to ease violence that’s left hundreds dead. With Ukraine’s government saying the pro-Russian militants have repeatedly flouted […]» Read more
(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Ilya Arkhipov – June 26, 2014) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity continued to rise near its 2008 peak this month amid the unrest in neighboring Ukraine, Moscow-based polling company Levada Center said in a statement. The Russian leader’s approval rating is 86 percent, up from 65 percent in January and compared with the highest-ever 88 percent […]» Read more
(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Alexei Lossan, RBTH – June 26, 2014) Russian ruble has made rapid gains in value against the dollar and euro following statements made by Vladimir Putin. The Russian president declared his support for a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis after a meeting in Vienna with Austrian President Heinz Fischer, and has also […]» Read more
(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – June 26, 2014) Two main business lobbies in the U.S. plan to publicly challenge White House foreign policy regarding Russia by taking out advertisements in the nation’s top three newspapers to warn that imposing additional sanctions against Moscow will only harm U.S interests. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association […]» Read more
(opendemocracy.net – Sergii Leshchenko – June 25, 2014) Sergii Leshchenko is an investigative and political journalist. He is deputy-editor-in-chief of Ukrainska pravda, Ukraine’s leading independent online media. He was a 2012 Fellow of the John Smith Memorial Trust and a Reagan-Fascell Fellow from 2013-2014. All views expressed are made in a personal capacity. President Petro Poroshenko is not an ideal […]» Read more
MOSCOW, June 26 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine and Moldova’s struggling economies could face multi-billion-dollar losses after signing association agreements with the European Union, Russian experts warn. “Countries that sign this association [deal] agree to fall in line with all EU directives, standards and technical regulations – and this is at their own expense. Even if the EU gives them certain […]» Read more
(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Kyiv – June 16, 2014) Eastern Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatist rebels are deploying a small number of tanks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs), in a move that could escalate the conflict. But this might just be the start: at the heart of rebel-controlled territory lies one of Europe’s largest “tank graveyards” – […]» Read more
(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Darya Lyubinskaya, special to RBTH – June 25, 2014) RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media, featuring analysis of the failure of the truce agreed in eastern Ukraine, the prospects for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s peace project, and Putin’s surprising request to Russia’s Federation Council to retract the permission it […]» Read more
(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – June 26, 2014) Russian military morale is at a post-Soviet high, according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. “The results of sociological studies show that in 2014, the level of troop morale has reached its highest point in the past 17 years,” Shoigu was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The military’s burgeoning popularity is not […]» Read more
(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Andrei Frolov, special to RBTH – June 24, 2014) Andrei Frolov is editor in chief of the magazine Eksport Vooruzheny (Arms Exports). Russian expert discusses the importance of nuclear energy in Russia Russia inherited its nuclear energy sector from the Soviet Union and can take pride in the fact that the world’s first […]» Read more
Interfax: Russian leader’s press secretary says it is time to hope for prolonged ceasefire in Ukraine
MOSCOW. June 26 (Interfax) – The Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov believes that today there is a need to focus on the chance of prolonging the declared ceasefire in Ukraine instead of discussing Russia’s possible steps, should the bloodshed continue in Ukraine’s southeastern regions. “Now it is a bad time to discuss this [what Russia could do next if […]» Read more
MOSCOW. June 26 (Interfax) – While accusing Russia of violating international law, the United States attempts to create some parallel law for itself and its allies accessible only to chosen ones, Russian State Duma international affairs committee head Alexei Pushkov said. “It appears to me that the attempt to accuse us of violating international law pursues two goals – to […]» Read more
… 9. Financial Times: Russian stocks stage remarkable turnround.
10. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, Russian stocks hit 5-month high as Putin rescinds right to use military force in Ukraine.
11. BBC: Steven Rosenberg, The Ukrainian refugees escaping to Russia.
12. Sean’s Russia Blog: Sean Guillory, Ukraine’s Refugees. …
[“No more little green men? Putin takes military option in Ukraine off table” – Christian Science Monitor – Fred Weir- June 24, 2014] The Christian Science Monitor covers Russia’s legislative move to formerly rescind an authorization for additional military intervention in Ukraine. Almost four months after Russia’s upper house of parliament granted Vladimir Putin blanket permission to use military force in Ukraine, […]» Read more
[“Russian lawmakers revoke right to send troops into Ukraine” – Reuters – June 25, 2014] Reuters covers a vote by Russia’s Parliament to formerly rescind a past authorization of military intervention in Ukraine. The legislators acted in response to a directive from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The authorization of force could be reinstated in short order if need be. The Russian parliament […]» Read more
[“Ukraine’s Ancient Hatreds” – The National Interest – Nikolas K. Gvosdev – June 25, 2014] The National Interest examines the Western response to the crisis in Ukraine, as well as various historical contexts for Russia, Ukraine and the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced a “triune people/one people” concept disputed by outsiders, even as it impacts Kremlin policy. In his public remarks, Putin […]» Read more
[“How Obama Is Driving Russia and China Together” – The National Interest – Dimitri K. Simes – June 24, 2014] The National Interest examines President Barack Obama’s handling of the Ukraine crisis in the light of historical experience: President Barack Obama likes to say that America and the world have progressed beyond the unpleasantness of the nineteenth century and, for that matter, much of […]» Read more
(Business New Europe – bne.eu – RBS, Tim Ash, head of research – June 25, 2014) We assess positively the news that separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine have joined the ceasefire announced by Ukrainian President Poroshenko last week. We also observe growing signs that Russia is not interested in further escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine, and is taking action […]» Read more
RIA Novosti: Kiev Responsible For Ukraine Crisis, Demands of Moscow ‘Knocking On Wrong Door’ – Speaker [Valentina Matvienko]
MOSCOW, June 25 (RIA Novosti) – Kiev bears full responsibility for the crisis in southeastern Ukraine, and blaming Moscow for it is “knocking on the wrong door,” the speaker of the upper chamber of Russian parliament said Wednesday. Valentina Matvienko told reporters she was aware of recent media reports about the possibility of economic sanctions against Russia if Moscow fails […]» Read more
KIEV, June 25 (RIA Novosti) – Kiev is prepared to hold consultations with Moscow on Ukraine’s European integration bid, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday. Russia has expressed concern over Kiev’s intention to sign the economic part of a European Union association agreement, because it would bring about an uncontrollable flow of goods and Russia would need to protect […]» Read more
(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris in Moscow – June 25, 2014) Russian stocks hit a five-month high on June 24 after President Vladimir Putin asked Russia’s upper house of parliament to repeal a law that granted him the right to use military force in Ukraine, as investors speculate the standoff with the West over Ukraine’s fate might […]» Read more
… 3. Reuters: In parts of east Ukraine, a daily struggle to survive.
4. Interfax: Miners call for cessation of military conflict in Donbas.
5. Reuters: Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire, Putin urges dialogue.
6. Wall Street Journal: Putin Calls for Ukraine to Hold Unconditional Talks With Rebels. …
(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – June 23, 2014) When Russia annexed Crimea in March, it added 2.4 million people to the country’s population of 143.7 million, prompting several Western observers to put forward the theory that the Kremlin’s aim was to offset the effect of the country’s long-declining population. Yet last year, long before the events in […]» Read more
(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, June 23, 2014) Public support for Vladimir Putin’s policies in Ukraine is broad but not deep and is likely to dissipate quickly rather than become the basis by itself for any new imperial adventures, accordin to Lev Gudkov, the head of the independent Levada Analytic Center. In the course of a long […]» Read more
(Interfax – June 23, 2014) Interfax Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yuschenko have written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging to begin negotiating process. “We have signed an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin that it is necessary to stop aggression. Ukraine is ready for negotiations,” first Ukrainian President Kravchuk told reporters […]» Read more
MOSCOW, June 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s EU-bound gas flows through Ukraine comply with transit contraparameters, Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said Monday. “The transit of Russian gas through Ukraine is flowing according to contract parameters with a volume over the last 24 hours of around 205 million cubic meters,” Kupriyanov said. Earlier on Monday, reports appeared in the media that […]» Read more
KYIV. June 22 (Interfax) – The Ukrainian law enforcement units unswervingly abide by the president-ordered unilateral ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, but members of illegal armed formations continue armed attacks defying the truce, the Ukrainian foreign and defense ministries said in a joint statement on Sunday evening. “Demonstrating the determination to protect citizens and to safeguard national security, Ukrainian President and […]» Read more
KIEV, June 23 (RIA Novosti) – A detailed plan B elaborated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as an alternative to his peace plan for the conflict in the country’s east details the possible continuation of military action against independence supporters, Presidential Aide Yuriy Lutsenko said Monday. “Those who violate the truce will get an armed response. There is no doubt […]» Read more
YEREVAN. June 23 (Interfax) – Possible connections between militiamen fighting in eastern Ukraine and members of the Russian political establishment may be explained with the latter’s origin from Soviet structures, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “As to the connection with the domestic political establishment: the whole establishment is originated from the single state, the Soviet Union,” he told a […]» Read more
KYIV. June 23 (Interfax) – Over 1,000 miners from the mine Komsomolets Donbassa took part in a march marking the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War and called on the sides of the military conflict in Donbas to cease fire. “Over 000 miners working in the mine Komsomolets Donbassa, one of the largest mines in Ukraine, marched […]» Read more
(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – June 23, 2014) The State Duma on Friday passed legislation allowing Russian banks to pass information on their U.S. clients to the U.S. tax service, as demanded by FATCA, a law that drags banks around the world into the U.S. fight against tax evasion. But lawmakers were not keen to bend over backwards for the […]» Read more
(RFE/RL – Carl Schreck – June 23, 2014) A new Russian law criminalizing the failure to declare foreign passports has raised fears of a fresh Kremlin crackdown on opponents at home, but Russian expatriates technically excluded from the statute are now scrambling to determine whether they must comply as well. As it turns out, they may not be off the […]» Read more
(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – John Freedman – June 23, 2014) As we approach July 1, the day after which obscenities will officially be banned in Russian art, the Russian creative community is doing what it can to make sense of a concerted push on the part of the government to regulate the arts and artistic expression. By writing the […]» Read more