BBC, November 9
Shelling has resumed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, just hours after an intense artillery bombardment throughout the night.
An eyewitness said the overnight shelling was the worst in more than a month, lasting almost eight hours.
It appeared to be coming from both rebel and government positions.
The fighting comes […]
AP, November 5
Russia’s ruble hit an all-time low on Wednesday after the country’s central bank said it would dial back its support for the struggling currency in international markets.
The announcement is a step toward freely floating the currency, which the central bank currently tries to support in foreign exchange markets.
As confidence in […]
Finnish PM Alexander Stubb set to meet David Cameron and other northern European leaders at conference in Helsinki.
Western countries are at the gates of a new cold war with Russia, sparked by the Ukraine crisis and a continuing failure to grasp the depth and seriousness of Vladimir Putin’s grievances with the US and EU, […]
I have no idea of the veracity of the following. It is almost as long a read as War and Peace. If legitimate, a fascinating look at Russia’s’ world view.
I somewhat infrequently read Dmitri Orlov. He’s Russian born, but moved to the US as a child, was educated here and wrote a book called Reinventing Collapse which I found illuminating. He recently penned a piece about our indelicate handling of the rest of the world, taken from his Russian perspective. I don’t necessarily share […]
Bloomberg, By Ilya Arkhipov, Stephen Bierman & Ryan Chilcote, September 27
Russia, viewed by the Obama administration as hostile to U.S. interests, has discovered what may prove to be a vast pool of oil in one of the world’s most remote places with the help of America’s largest energy company.
Russia’s state-run OAO Rosneft (ROSN) […]
Petro Poroshenko thanks US for nonlethal assistance, but says ‘one cannot win a war with a blanket’
Al Jazeera, September 18
The United States said on Thursday that it would provide $46 million in new security assistance to Ukraine’s military, but stopped short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal […]
BBC, September 16
Rebel-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine have been granted self-rule and fighters have been given an amnesty, under a new law adopted by parliament.
The measures are in line with the 5 September ceasefire agreement signed by President Petro Poroshenko.
IBT: [Rebels reject] Ukraine Passes Law Granting Rebels Limited Self Rule, Ratifies […]
“The best laid schemes o’ mice and men (and US/EU warmongers) gang aft a-gley”.
Looks like events are outpacing plans. Expect a lot of Faux News in the coming days.
I suspect it’s happening too fast for the US/EU to do anything except bitch and moan. I think Putin’s response will be the chief unanswered […]
AP, August 28
Ukraine’s president called an emergency meeting of the nation’s security council and cancelled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that “Russian troops were actually brought into Ukraine,” as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.
President Petro Poroshenko summoned the council as the strategic southeastern Ukraine town of […]
Washington Post, By Carol Morello and Michael Birnbaum, August 4
KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military on Monday appeared to be readying a long-awaited major assault on the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, warning civilians to leave as troops tightened their ring around the city amid heavy fighting.
Extra evacuation corridors were set up for cars […]
New York Times, By Peter Baker, Alan Cowell and James Kanter, July 29
Washington — The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin’s premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in […]
Putin is on the horns of a dilemna. For the first time since the dismantling of the Soviet Union, Russia faces a severe economic crisis – after enjoying years of relative prosperity – and she has a warmongering chief executive. This is a nexus of events that will shape and define Russia for at […]
New York Times, By David E. Sanger & Eric Schmitt, July 26
The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said.
But the […]
Democracy Now, July 18
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 298 people has exploded and crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing everyone on board. U.S. and Ukrainian officials say the Boeing 777 was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, but it is unclear who fired the missile. The plane was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur […]