Monthly Archives: August 2016

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US Army Europe commander visits Donbas frontline

Lieutenant General Frederick Ben Hodges visits Ukrainian army positions near Mariupol and promises further assistance On August, 28 delegation of the Command of the US Armed Forces in Europe visited the tactical group “Mariupol” of Ukrainian army near the frontline in the Donetsk region. ‘The purpose of the visit – the continuation of the military-political…

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A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories

With a vigorous national debate underway on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue. The claims were alarming: If Sweden, a non-NATO member, signed the deal, the alliance…

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Paul Niland: Ukraine on front lines of global democratic fight

As Ukraine celebrates 25 years as an independent nation, it’s worth taking a look at the differences between Ukraine and the other states that gained independence as the Soviet Union so spectacularly collapsed. With the exceptions of the Baltic nations, who quickly adopted transparent governance models 25 years ago after regaining the independence since the…

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New sordid details emerge from Yanukovych’s ledger

More disclosures from the off-the-book ledgers of fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions show investigators have plenty to work on. The entries reveal the vast extent to which the Yanukovych administration abused power by buying off nationalist groups, judges, election commissions and media. The Kyiv Post reviewed copies of parts of Party of Regions’…

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Ukraine celebrates Independence Day with military parade

Ukrainian 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers drive during Ukraine’s Independence Day military parade in central Kiev, Ukraine, August 24, 2016. Ukraine celebrated its 25th anniversary of independence on Wednesday with a large-scale military parade in the capital Kiev. [Photo/Agencies] Servicemen march during Ukraine’s Independence Day military parade in central Kiev,Ukraine, August 24, 2016. [Photo/Agencies] Ukrainian President…

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Ukraine pushing for return of Crimea

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is seeking help from the EU and the US in securing the return of Crimea to Ukrainian sovereignty. The peninsula was annexed by Russia in March 2014 amidst conflict in eastern Ukraine. One result of the ongoing unrest is that Crimea’s electricity infrastructure has been sabotaged and the region…

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Why Ukrainians Hate When You Say ‘The Ukraine’

On Tuesday evening, two Republican presidential candidate hopefuls accidentally enraged Ukrainian Americans with a single word: “the.” John Kasich and Donald Trump referred to Ukraine as “the Ukraine,” a common but unfortunate mistake. Lindsey Graham made the same blunder at the third GOP debate. Adding “the” before Ukraine is actually a throwback to Communism. Prior…

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