The Ukraine Invasion: One Year Later

March/April 2015 David J. Kramer Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine posed the most serious challenge to European security in decades. In one stroke, he thumbed his nose at the Helsinki Accords of 1975, the Paris Charter of 1990, the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, and other agreements and commitments that had kept the peace…

Pro-Russian rebels using seized Ukrainian missile downed MH17 passenger plane, says Germany

October 20, 2014  Nick Miller A policeman representing Donetsk People’s Republic stands guard at the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the village of Grabovo. Photo: Reuters Germany‘s intelligence service believes Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian rebels using a missile taken from a Ukraine military base, a…

Fight Club, Donetsk

  Meet eastern Ukraine’s emerging warlords. BY Alec Luhn  JUNE 16, 2014 DONETSK, Ukraine — On a recent sunny afternoon in Donetsk, Vadim Kerch was holding court in a dark office in the former headquarters of Ukraine’s security service, which has been occupied since last month by a group of rebels who call themselves the…

After Crimea: The Future of the Black Sea Fleet

Publication: Volume: 0 Issue: 0   May 22, 2014 09:52 PM Age: 9 days By: John C. K. Daly Get’man Sagaidachnii, the new Ukrainian flagship as it was the only vessel at sea during the Crimean Annexation. (Source: U.S. Navy photo by MC2 William Jamieson) Executive Summary Russia’s March 17 annexation of Crimea capped nearly two…

Black Cats in a Dark Room: Moscow’s Denials of Military Involvement in Eastern Ukraine

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 75 April 23, 2014 07:07 PM Age: 13 days By: Roger McDermott   Pro-Russian masked gunmen in Donentsk, April 22 (Source: AFP) Denials by Russia’s political-military leadership concerning alleged military involvement in eastern Ukraine are unsurprising and bear a resemblance to the official line on Crimea, until President…