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July 30, 2014

Are Moscow-backed Fighters Terrorists?

Appearing on CNN last week with Christiane Amanpour, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged his host to refer to anti-government fighters in the Donbas as “terrorists” instead of “separatists,” the label commonly applied to pro-Moscow fighters in the Donbas. “Please, Christiane, don’t name these separatists. There is [sic] no separatists there. They are terrorists, they are killing innocent people, and I think that their attempt to destroy the evidence were useless,” Poroshenko said.

July 29, 2014

Human Rights Watch Should Not Stoop to Russia Today’s “Standards”

On 24 July 2014 Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report, the opening paragraph of which read: “Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more…” The fact that the later paragraphs of the same report reproof “insurgent forces” for “deploying forces and weapons in densely populated areas” is irrelevant. In the context of all-out information war waged by Kremlin against Ukraine, the damage to global efforts aimed at restoring peace and justice in Ukraine, has already been done.

July 23, 2014

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Establishes the National Council of Reforms

President of Ukraine has just signed a Decree №614/2014 "On ensuring the implementation of unified state policy of reforms in Ukraine," which effectively creates the National Council of Reforms (NCR), as reported by the website of the president. The Council maintains the status of a special advisory body under the President of Ukraine on issues of strategic planning, coordination and implementation of Ukraine’s unified state policy of reforms based on international best practices.

July 18, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Crash: Pro-Russian Terrorists Caught Red-Handed

Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines was hit and crashed in Donetsk region near Ukraine-Russian border after 4 p.m. Kyiv time (GMT +2 – ed.). Reportedly, all 295 people on board, including 80 children, have died. According to a 4:50 pm post in a social network Vkontakte by the known pro-Russian terrorist Girkin-Strelkov the downing of the plane was a “successful operation” against the Ukrainian Armed Forces. At the time Girkin-Strelkov didn’t realize that this was an international passenger plane travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur through the territory of Ukraine.

July 15, 2014

Weighing Far-Right Movements in Ukraine: How a Minor Factor is Turned into a Bogeyman

The non-ostracism of far right movements from the political scene in Ukraine risks having serious repercussions on its democratic transition and national unification. Paradoxically, the danger does not stem from the ability of radical right-wing parties to drive Ukraine toward a nationalistic authoritarian drift; conversely, it is generated by the fear and divisiveness driven by the far right. Since the overthrow of Yanukovych’s government last February, alarmist statements from many commentators, in many cases neither experts nor those particularly knowledgeable about Ukraine, have promoted the idea that the leading force in EuroMaidan protests was right-wing extremism.

July 9, 2014

Russia’s Undeniable Role in the Proxy War Against Ukraine

Most of the world may well be tolerating Russia’s actions in its ongoing proxy war against Ukraine, but the catalogue of damning evidence against the Kremlin’s role in the crisis continues to grow almost on a daily basis. There are undisputed facts, and then there are lies and propaganda in the middle of the information war. Let’s take a look at the evidence.

July 7, 2014

It is High Time for Italy to Step Forward in the Ukraine Crisis

While the terrible unrest in eastern Ukraine continues to claim many victims and afflict thousands of people, the grief of Ukrainians who are living in Italy loudly resounds across the nation. This expatriate community is doing what it can from a distance, raising money and sending it back home to Ukraine. Some individuals are even training and organizing themselves to help in the event of war with Russia. With approximately 225,000 people living and working all over the peninsula, from Lombardy in the North to Campania in the South, Ukrainians form in Italy their largest foreign community than in any other European Union country, according to Eurostat data.

July 4, 2014

Why We Can’t Let Ukraine Lose Donbas

Just a few days ago Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, told his nation that they were at war. The Ukrainian government, after attempting peace talks for several days, was ending its unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian forces in the Donbas region, which it has been fighting for over two months. “They have publicly declared their unwillingness to support the peace plan as a whole and particularly the ceasefire,” he said. Militants violated the truce for more than a hundred times, reported Kyivpost. Thus Ukrainian forces, including the army, National Guard, Ministry of Interior forces, and paramilitary battalions have officially renewed the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO).