Russian Protests Don’t Threaten Kremlin Because There’s No Opposition in the Duma, Portnikov Says

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(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, June 12, 2017) Both the Kremlin and the Russian people are afraid of a Maidan, but they needn’t be because for a Maidan to take place in Russia there would have to be something that does not now exist, a genuine opposition in the Duma ready and willing to serve as a […]

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Ukrainians Reflect Bitterly On ‘Betrayed Hopes’ Of Euromaidan

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Christopher Miller – December 29, 2016) KYIV — Between classes in Kolkata, India, 17-year-old Svyatoslav Yurash was glued to a video stream of almost a million of his compatriots rallying in Ukraine’s capital when he decided to join the protest that would soon swell into a revolt. The night before in Kyiv — on November 30, […]

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NEWSWATCH: “The Far Right in Ukraine During the ‘Euromaidan’ and the War in Donbas September 2016” – Ivan Katchanovski

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Abstract This paper analyzes the role of far right in the Ukrainian politics during the ‘Euromaidan’ and the war in Donbas. The issue of the involvement of Ukrainian far right organizations in the “Euromaidan” and the war in Donbas have been politicized and polarized. Russian and separatist politicians and the media often presented the “Euromaidan” as a “fascist coup” and […]

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Alarm bells ring as chief Maidan crimes investigator threatened with criminal charges

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(Human Rights in Ukraine – khpg.org – Halya Coynash – April 21, 2016) Civic activists and Euromaidan victims’ lawyers have sounded the alarm about a major offensive against Serhiy Horbatyuk and his special investigative department which has been described as the “last bastion within the Prosecutor General’s Office really doing anything to investigate Euromaidan-related crimes”.  Several criminal investigations have been […]

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Continuation of Western Sanctions on Russia Increasingly Depends on Ukraine, Ogryzko Says

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(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, February 29, 2016) The maintenance of Western sanctions is contingent upon Ukraine’s willingness to reform itself, according to former Ukrainian foreign minister Vladimir Ogryzko. If Ukraine does not act, the West will ultimately lift the sanctions; and Ukraine will have only itself to blame for its resulting isolation. In a commentary today, […]

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Making Good on the Promise of the Maidan

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(US Embassy Kyiv Blog – U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt – usembassykyiv.wordpress.com – February 19, 2016) Two years after the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine’s leaders – spurred on by an active, engaged, and committed civil society – have pressed forward on difficult political and economic reforms to bring Ukraine closer to its chosen European future. They have done so in the […]

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Over 20 judges making decisions on Euromaidan activists may be dismissed in Ukraine

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KYIV. Jan 19 (Interfax) – Ukraine’s Supreme Council of Justice has recommended that 21 judges be dismissed for breaking their oath when issuing court rulings with regard to Euromaidan activists, council head Ihor Benedisyuk told reporters in Kyiv on Tuesday. “Of the 41 conclusions that have already been received by the Supreme Council of Justice [from the provisional specialized commission […]

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Two Anniversaries, Two Countries – Ukraine’s Maidan at Two, Russia’s Foreign Agents Law at Three

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(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, November 22, 2015) Anniversaries are occasions for recalling the past and thinking about the future, and they are especially instructive about both when two or more of them occur at the same time. That is the case this weekend when Ukrainians mark the second anniversary of the Maidan and Russians take note […]

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Ukraine investigates nationalists over Maidan shootings

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Kyiv – October 12, 2015) Ukrainian prosecutors have raided the homes of top leaders of the nationalist Svoboda party as part of an investigation into the massacre of anti-government protestors on the Maidan square in Kyiv on February 20, 2014. The shooting of up to 50 protestors by police triggered the […]

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NEWSWATCH Interfax-Ukraine: “PGO verifying info on shooting of Maidan activists from Hotel Ukraine”

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October 13, 2015 Interfax-Ukraine covers Ukrainian investigations into shootings during the Euromaidan protests. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) is verifying information about the shooting of Maidan activists from Hotel Ukraine in February 2014. … chief of the PGO department on special investigations Serhiy Horbatiuk said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday. He added that he cannot disclose […]

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Falsification, cover-up and political exploitation of killings of the Maidan protesters from the Volyn Region during the Maidan Massacre

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(Ivan Katchanovski – Facebook – August 23, 2015) Ivan Katchanovski teaches at the School of Political Studies and the department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of “Cleft Countries: Regional Political Divisions and Cultures in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Moldova” and the co-author of “Historical Dictionary of Ukraine, Second Edition. [Wait for embedded feed of original […]

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Facebook/Ivan Katchanovski: Unreported Revelations from the Maidan Massacre Trial in Ukraine

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(Ivan Katchanovski – Facebook – July 22, 2015 – also appeared at facebook.com/ivan.katchanovski/posts/1064562830240269) [entire facebook post set to appear below … click “See More” to open up full post … loading might take longer for some users] [fb_embed_post href=”https://www.facebook.com/ivan.katchanovski/posts/1064562830240269″ width=”100%”/] [featured image is file photo, not directly related to timing of events described in article]

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NEWSLINK Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: Eighteen Months on: Post-Maidan Ukraine (interview with Nicolai Petro)

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Our guest today is Dr. Nicolai Petro. Dr. Petro is a professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island, specializing in Russia and its neighboring states. He has previously served in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs in the U.S. Department of State and at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and has held fellowships at the Council on […]

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Unlike in Ukraine, a Russian Maidan Would Likely Be Violent and Destructive, Shevtsova Says

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(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, July 10, 2015) “Unfortunately, Russia is different from present-day Ukraine in many ways,” Lilya Shevtsova says; and consequently, if a Maidan does occur there, it is likely to be different as well, violent rather peaceful, destructive rather than constructive, and divisive rather than unifying. In the course of an interview this week […]

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SBU head insists Surkov was in Kyiv on Feb 20-21, 2014

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KYIV. April 15 (Interfax) – Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko claims that Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov was in Kyiv on February 20-21, 2014. “We are convinced that there is a need to investigate both crimes committed by Ukrainian officials and the role of Russian high-ranking officials in the events in Kyiv’s Maidan. I can confirm that we […]

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Putin Aide Linked to Maidan Killings

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, February 20, 2015) In the classic film about Watergate, “All the President’s Men,” Deep Throat warns that in unmasking a conspiracy, it is important not to go too fast but rather to build from the outer rings into the center. Otherwise, the conspirators will feel protected, and the possibility that anything will […]

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What triggered the Maidan massacre?

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – KYIV BLOG: Graham Stack in Berlin – February 13, 2015) Two separate investigations by Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine and the BBC have produced evidence that opposition demonstrators on Kyiv’s Maidan fired on police on February 21, 2014, in the run-up to an ensuing police massacre. The two accounts help explain the events that culminated with […]

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NEWSLINK: On revolution anniversary, anger over unpunished deaths

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[“On revolution anniversary, anger over unpunished deaths” – Kiev Post – Olena Goncharova – Nov.21, 2014] A year after Maidan protests, the Kiev Post covers ongoing reactions in Ukraine over killings that occurred during the protests and the pace of investigation and prosecution. The killings of more than 100 Ukrainians by the ousted president remain unpunished a year later, enraging […]

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Faces Of The Maidan: Where Are They Now?

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Iryna Stelmakh, Tom Balmforth – November 20, 2014) Kyiv’s Euromaidan protests began a year ago on November 21 and continued for months, through the cold winter of 2013-14. During the long, tense days of waiting and of celebrating genuine people power on Kyiv’s Independence Square, the world had the chance to meet many of the faces […]

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One year after Maidan

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris in Moscow – November 21, 2014) On November 20 – almost one year to the day since the start of the Maidan protests that brought down President Viktor Yanukovych – a broad coalition deal was finally signed in Ukraine between the leading pro-European parties. Ukraine’s People’s Front, the Radical Party, Samopomoshch (Self […]

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A Russian Maidan Could Take Place Outside of Moscow

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, November 11, 2014) The Russian political system is so hyper-centralized and Russian political culture is so Moscow-centric that almost all discussions about radical change in that country focus on the capital city and its residents rather than on the rest of what remains the largest country on earth. But there have been […]

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Ukraine’s Revolutionary No. 1 Goes to Parliament

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Leonid Bershidsky – November 2, 2014) In the history of Ukraine’s Maidan revolution, which ousted President Viktor Yanukovich in February, Mustafa Nayyem deserves prominent mention. A year after the journalist’s Facebook post drew the first protesters to Kiev’s main square, he’s now a freshly elected member of parliament, conflicted about his role and struggling to find […]

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Whatever happened to (Euro) Maidan

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(opendemocracy.net – Janek Lasocki – October 6, 2014) Janek Lasocki is Advocacy Coordinator at the European Council on Foreign Relations. For almost a year, Ukraine has refused to leave the international headlines. But little attention has been paid to what has been happening in Kyiv. For almost a year, Ukraine has refused to leave the international headlines. But all media […]

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Interfax: Maidan protestors demand all their requests complied with, only then will they free Kyiv center

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KYIV. May 28 (Interfax) – Maidan activists said they would not leave the Independence Square in central Kyiv until all their demands are met. According to the declaration of Maidan communities on the situation development after May 2014 released at a news conference in Kyiv on Wednesday, “Maidan will not disperse until the demands – punishing criminals, purging, changing the […]

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RIA Novosti: Maidan Barricades Must Be Dismantled – Ukraine’s Klitschko

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KIEV, May 26 (RIA Novosti) – Ex-boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, who claimed victory Sunday in Kiev’s mayoral vote, said that the Maidan protests have fulfilled their task and barricades in downtown Kiev must be dismantled. “I firmly confirm that the key task of the Maidan is fulfilled,” Klitschko told journalists Monday. “I am convinced that the barricades, to date, have […]

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RIA Novosti: Kiev Ignored Independent Sniper Case Assessment – Lavrov

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MOSCOW, April 4 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Ukraine’s interim authorities Friday of ignoring an independent probe into deadly sniper fire during protests in Kiev, while denying any alleged Russian link to the incident. “We did not have and could not have had any relation to these crimes,” Lavrov said, adding that Ukraine’s authorities who seized […]

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‘We Need To Cure Ukraine:’ Maidan Doctor Aims For Presidency

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(RFE/RL – – rferl.org – Tetyana Yarmoshchuk and Claire Bigg – KYIV – April 01, 2014) Prominent Ukrainian doctor Olha Bohomolets says her country is “gravely sick.” And she’s determined to nurse it back to health. Bohomolets, who spent months treating injured antigovernment protesters in Kyiv, is running for president in Ukraine’s May 25 election with pledges to root out corruption […]

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Opposition planned Moscow micro-Maidan in May 2012 – activist

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MOSCOW. March 12 (Interfax) – The convicted Left Front activist, Konstantin Lebedev, who is serving a prison term for organizing the mass disturbances in Moscow in May 6, 2012, told Moscow City Court that he and the other co-accused, Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev – were planning to stage a “micro-Maidan.” “We were prepared for mass disturbances because the micro-Maidan […]

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Ukraine: The View From the West

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(opendemocracy.net – David Marples – February 20, 2014) David Marples is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta, Canada. Author of 13 books, he is also President of the North American Association for Belarusian Studies. What is happening in Ukraine has provoked outrage and shock in the west. But do we really understand what […]

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BNE: West must take some of the blame for Kyiv’s burning

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris in Moscow – February 19, 2014) [Photos and videos here http://www.bne.eu/storyf5777/West_must_take_some_of_ the_blame_for _Kyivs_burning] The body in Kyiv count stood at 25 dead as of 6 a.m. local time with and will almost certainly rise again today, as Ukraine’s capital saw its worst violence since the stand off between the government and protestors […]

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Business New Europe: VTsIOM Poll: Russians appalled by aggressive behavior of Maidan activists

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – February 14, 2014) Russians disapprove of Ukrainian protesters who cast stones and bottles of incendiary liquid at the police, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said. 55% of the respondents condemned the aggressive behavior of Ukrainian demonstrators; 26% admitted their dislike for radically minded Ukrainian opposition activists; 15% said they were disappointed and […]

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Merkel to Host Ukraine Opposition as New Rally Planned

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Daryna Krasnolutska – February 14, 2014) German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host Ukrainian opposition leaders next week as protesters try to raise pressure on the government to step down and Russia accuses the U.S. and European Union of meddling in its backyard. Merkel will meet opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Vitali Klitschko, a former world heavyweight […]

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Ukraine’s Future Depends on Maidan’s Addressing Concerns of Country’s Southeast, Commentator Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, February 13, 2014) Ukraine’s immediate future may be defined by the positions of Russia, Europe and the United States, but its long-term one depends on the nature of the relationship between those backing the Maidan and those in the southeastern portions of the country, according to a Moscow commentator. And that relationship […]

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Moscow has Lost Ukraine, Gromov Advisor Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, January 14, 2014) Despite Vladimir Putin’s success in getting Kyiv not to sign a European Union association agreement and constant Russian media claims that the Euro-Maidan is about to collapse, Ivan Nikashin says, “the Kremlin has lost Ukraine” this time around in because of problems having to do with the still-Soviet nature […]

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RIA Novosti: U.S. Senate Backs Sanctions Over Ukraine Violence

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WASHINGTON, January 8 (RIA Novosti) ­ The US Senate has called for possible sanctions against individuals responsible for state violence against Ukrainian demonstrators protesting Kiev’s decision to abandon long-awaited trade and political deals with the European Union. “In the event of further state violence against peaceful protestors, the President and Congress should consider whether to apply targeted sanctions, including visa […]

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The Kremlin’s Euromaidan Calculus

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(Institute of Modern Russia – imrussia.org – Donald N. Jensen – January 6, 2014) In December, after a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych, Moscow announced that it would give Kiev a $15 billion bailout and slash the gas price by one-third as a reward for Yanukovych’s rejection of an association agreement with the European Union. Donald N. Jensen, […]

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Half of Ukrainians do not support protests in Kyiv – poll

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KYIV. Dec 30 (Interfax) – Half of Ukrainians – 50% – do not support the ongoing protests for Ukraine’s integration with Europe at Independence Square in Kyiv (known as Euro-Maidan), as is evident from a poll of 2,079 respondents that Research & Branding Group conducted in 24 regions of Ukraine, Crimea, Kyiv, and Sevastopol on December 23-27. Another 45% support […]

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Specter of Soviet Union Haunts Ukraine at Protests

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Oleg Sukhov – KIEV ­ December 25, 2013) As street protests in Kiev over President Viktor Yanukovych’s U-turn on a planned deal with the European Union appear to be waning after several weeks of fervor, one sentiment voiced by pro-EU demonstrators is still ringing in analysts’ ears: “The Soviet Union did not fall in 1991; […]

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Ukraine Opposition Starts Movement to Sustain Protest Spirit

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Daryna Krasnolutska and Kateryna Choursina – December 23, 2013) Ukraine’s opposition invited anti-government protesters to join a new political movement as it seeks to keep pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych for choosing $15 billion of Russian aid over a European accord. The Maidan movement, which takes its name from the Ukrainian word for a central public […]

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Ukraine Opposition Skeptical of Yanukovych Roundtable Offer

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Olga Tanas, Daryna Krasnolutska and Kateryna Choursina – December 20, 2013) Ukraine’s opposition, determined to keep mass demonstrations alive in Kiev, were skeptical of President Viktor Yanukovych’s offer of a roundtable meeting to settle the month-long political crisis. The meeting, first brought up by Yanukovych yesterday, will start at 3 p.m. today in Kiev, according to […]

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Interview: U.S. Senator McCain Discusses Pro-EU Demonstrations In Ukraine

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – December 18, 2013) U.S. Senator John McCain has accused Russia of trying to block Ukraine’s efforts to join the European Union. Fresh upon his return from witnessing the pro-European Union demonstrations taking place in Kyiv, McCain spoke to RFE/RL’s Golnaz Esfandiari about what may lie ahead for the country. RFE/RL: Senator McCain, You just returned from […]

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Moscow News: The foreign hand behind Ukraine’s protests

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(Moscow News – themoscownews.com – Vicky Pelaez – December 17, 2013) Examine everything you see/Then ask yourself/Who are they this time? (Taras Shevchenko, “The Friendly Epistle”) The protests that broke out in Kiev on November 21 in response to President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to postpone the signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union have brought the country to […]

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A divided Ukraine: Between Russia and the EU

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Gevorg Mirzayan, special to RBTH – December 16, 2013) The crisis over the country’s future intensifies as protesters backing closer ties with Europe bring the barricades back to Kiev’s Maidan Square. Opinion in Ukraine has split in two over whether the country should sign an Association Agreement offering trade and political links with […]

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