“The strategic goal of Russia is a weak, chaotic Ukraine. If you accept that as their goal, you can understand the logic of Russian behavior.”
After Trump Call, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Gambles On Russia Peace Push Without U.S. Help
“We don’t think of Trump as an ally,” says Alyona Getmanchuk. “At best, he could be a referee; at worst, he could create more and more obstacles.”
A Comedian Plays Ukraine’s President On TV. Will He Become One In Real Life?
“Every Ukrainian has his own idea of who Zelenskiy is. He’s giving an opportunity to imagine the best presidential candidate ever. That’s why he’s so popular here.”
In Ukraine, Some Signs Of Progress In Uphill Battle Against Corruption
“The old guys left, new guys came in,” said Yevgeniy Bulgakov. “Since independence, we’ve been fighting corruption without any result. It’s how we live.”
A Dangerous Moment for Ukraine’s Fragile Ceasefire
What we talk about when we talk about the Minsk peace agreement.
Germany’s Assumptions About Peace and Power Are Out of Sync With Reality
Before the fighting broke out in Ukraine, Germany behaved like a big Switzerland, with no obvious interests abroad apart from developing new markets for its exports.
Vladimir Putin Is Not Planning Annexation of Ukraine Enclaves, But Diplomacy Is Flailing
The problem with the Minsk agreement is that Russia plays a double role — as a disinterested observer on paper and an active party to the conflict in the field.
Why This Ukrainian ‘Revolution’ May Be Doomed, Too
Most Ukrainians wanted their country to be different by now. Even those who didn’t support the Maidan were fed up with living in Europe’s most corrupt country.
Debaltseve Debacle Puts Ukraine’s Leader in Jeopardy. That Suits Vladimir Putin Just Fine.
If another government-held city falls, say the port of Mariupol, Petro Poroshenko will have to be just as concerned about the home front as the front line.
Putin Wins Again
Vladimir Putin determines who and what crosses the border into Ukraine until he is satisfied the Kiev government has genuflected deeply enough.