“An Invasion by Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine” is a joint production of the New York-based nonprofit Institute of Modern Russia and The Interpreter, a daily online journal that translates articles from Russian media while reporting on events in Russia and countries directly affected by Moscow’s foreign policy.
Social media was quickly filled with satirical pictures showing "evidence" of Yatsenyuk as a bearded radical Islamist. In many ways, such obvious lies may seem funny but one wonders if it has gone so far that the Kremlin is starting to believe its own lies. In her excellent book on the Russian president, The Man Without a Face, journalist Masha Gessen describes how Vladimir Putin suggested a meeting with her without knowing that she had written critically about him. This is an indication that Putin has surrounded himself with yes-men and reads selectively. The fact that the people who operate the world's largest nuclear arsenal and are prepared to invade neighboring countries are losing contact with reality is not exactly amusing.
No, I'm not talking about the possibility of Ukraine not being able to renegotiate lower gas prices this year. (That's another issue entirely).
The kind of freeze that Putin is plotting for Ukraine is political. For more than a year, he has been deploying troops to eastern Ukraine to assist Russian-backed rebels to destabilize the country. And it's working.
Our project—“Region, Nation, and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary and Transcultural Reconsideration of Ukraine”—attempts to verify those assumptions and analyze changes in Ukrainian society in the wake of the Euromaidan.
"Putin does not respect our president whatsoever," Trump said via Skype at the Yalta European Strategy Summit in Kyiv on September 11.
Trump's language is consistent with other Republican critiques of Obama's handling of the Ukraine crisis. Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham have referred to the President as "weak," and other GOP leaders have lamented that his approach is leaving the West open to more Russian aggression.
How to reverse the fraying world order?
On September 16, Republican presidential candidates will meet for a second debate, this one hosted by CNN and Salem Media Group and televised from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
Washington has recently expanded its anti-Russia sanctions list to include 29 more individuals and 30 companies including some based in Cyprus, Finland, Romania, Switzerland and the UK. These additions will surely be painful for the Kremlin elite and their business allies.
But the war in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, now in its second year, has put a dark stain on this usually festive occasion. This year, Ukrainian kids in Kyiv started school following violent protests outside Parliament. On August 31, a few dozen members of the nationalist political party Svoboda (Freedom) and the paramilitary extremist party Right Sector gathered to protest the vote on a controversial decentralization bill to amend Ukraine’s constitution.