Struggle for Ukraine


Crimea Struggles With Ukraine’s New Energy “War”

Ukrainian political activists have stepped up their campaign to isolate Crimea by sabotaging its electricity supply. Ordinary residents of Crimea are hostages of a hybrid political struggle between Ukraine and Russia.

Poroshenko’s Catch-22

Poroshenko must rely on a patchwork of political alliances that are alternately cooperative and confrontational. If he begins investigating officials — whether from the Yanukovych regime or otherwise — he will quickly face an army of new enemies and upset the fragile balance that allows him to remain in power.

A Debt Deal for Kiev?

A new proposal to extend repayment of a Russian intergovernmental loan to Ukraine may ultimately suit all parties.

Ukraine After Local Elections: Putting Out Fires

While local elections proceeded peacefully, the fires are still burning around Kyiv.

The Still-Topical Tagliavini Report

Many people are trying to rewrite the history of the 2008 Georgia-Russia War in the light of the Ukraine crisis. The EU’s report on the war is still a useful baseline and a reminder of how different the two conflicts are.

Supporting a War that isn't: Russian Public Opinion and the Ukraine Conflict

Russian public opinion polls since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis reveal a contradiction: ordinary Russians are against war and intervention abroad. But a skillful television propaganda campaign has persuaded them that in Ukraine they are helping their own and opposing Western designs against them.

Turmoil in Kiev: Ukrainian Society and Decentralization

The Ukrainian capital Kiev saw a return to violent political protest this week after a long period of quiet. How widespread are the sentiments of the radical protestors and how popular is President Poroshenko's strategy of decentralization?

Ukraine’s New Party of Power

The merger of President Poroshenko’s party with the UDAR party of Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko is another step in the consolidation of power by the Ukrainian leader. Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front may be the next in line for absorption. But recent Ukrainian history shows that these big united parties have all ended in failure.

Russian Roadblock. Why Moscow Is Obstructing the MH-17 International Tribunal

The MH-17 catastrophe has been a major factor in the current state of relations between Russia and the West for more than a year already. Paradoxically, the establishment of an international tribunal is unlikely to sour relations further, even though Moscow fears that protracted legal proceedings might stand in the way of a future détente with the West

Don’t Overreact to Russia and Its Forty “New” Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Putin’s announcement that Moscow plans to add more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal is troubling mainly because of its political and psychological impact on NATO allies. But it is no cause for alarm.
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