“When they brought me to the cellar I saw three dead male bodies. One was in a sitting position by the wall. Two others were young, one lying on his stomach, the other on his back. Their throats were cut and they were naked. The blood from their throats was dripping into the sewage drains in the floor”
Conflict Russia Ukraine
(RU) «Тема столкновения российской дезинтеграции и европейской интеграции хорошо знакома украинцам. В украинском Харькове, на расстоянии менее двадцати миль от российской границы, проживал один из мыслителей, видевших в перспективе этот долгий процесс интеллектуального взаимодействия. Юрий Шевелёв…». Один из самых известных западных историков, специализирующихся на странах Восточной Европы, — Тимоти Снайдер — в статье «Edge of Europe, End of Europe» для New York Review of Books упоминает Харьков и делает параллели между Мыколой Хвылевым и Сергеем Жаданом. «МедиаПорт» публикует полный перевод материала.
According to Vladimir Putin, Crimea and Ukraine are where the spiritual sources of Russia’s nationhood lie. And he “always saw the Russians and Ukrainians as a single people. I still think this way now.”
People observing the crisis triggered by Putin’s aggression against Ukraine therefore ought to understand what these words mean. Quite simply they mean that for Putin—and for much of Russia as well, even without the constant incitement of Kremlin propaganda—there is no such thing as a separate Ukrainian people, national identity, culture, or history. Seen through this Russian lens, the concept of a Ukrainian state independent of Russia is at best a legend or fantasy. At worst it incarnates a threat to the very existence of the Russian state. And obviously Moscow will meet that threat with violence.
(RU) Всемирно известный американский финансист, миллиардер и филантроп Джордж Сорос в статье для издания Project-Syndicate перечислил три сценария развития событий в Украине. Первый вариант – это полная победа Владимира Путина, при которой Украина прекращает сопротивление. По мнению господина Сороса, этот сценарий может привести к холодной войне. Второй вариант – так называемая «капельная помощь» Украине, которая позволит уберечь страну от краха, но приведет к постепенному переходу Украины под влияние России, что равносильно победе Путина. Наиболее благоприятным господин Сорос считает третий вариант, при котором западный мир оказывает нашей стране всю необходимую помощь.
2.03.2015 Iryna Pasternak How can you not understand that this young woman won’t stop her hunger-strike? She has outgrown and gone beyond our time, and she has also gone beyond the bounds of human rationalism. She won’t end her hunger-strike, and it’s not due to obstinacy on her part. There is something particular and something greater which she knows […]
10 February 2015
None of us know how God chooses people to realize His plan in the world. It is a mystery that has no rational earthly explanations. However, it is likely that the introductory tests for such a chosen one is a readiness for great suffering. Moreover, it is not only to endure, but to give it great meaning — so that as a result of it, there would begin to vibrate the hearts of millions.
The Church prays for an end to the conflict in Ukraine.
KIEV, Ukraine — Since Ukrainian Christmas on Jan. 7, hellish scenes of cruel death have become routine in the eastern Donbass region on the Russian border.
Bernard-Henry LÉVY and George SOROS
A NEW Ukraine was born a year ago in the pro-European protests that helped to drive President Viktor F. Yanukovych from power. And today, the spirit that inspired hundreds of thousands to gather in the Maidan, Kiev’s Independence Square, is stronger than ever, even as it is under direct military assault from Russian forces supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Marcus Bensmann, David Crawford
It’s one of the greatest war crimes of modern times – and the truth still hasn’t been told. On July 17th 2014 at about 16:20 local time, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 passengers died, including many children. Who fired the missile? Over several months the Berlin-based investigative newsroom CORRECT!V has gathered facts, investigated in eastern Ukraine and Russia, and found witnesses to the missile launch. The investigation unveiled a clear chain of evidence. MH17 was downed by a ground-launched BUK missile – launched by a unit of the 53rd Russian Air Defense Brigade from Kursk. The brigade unit, tasked with protecting Russian tank units, was operating in mid July on Ukrainian territory without displaying national emblems.
The sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and Europe for its interventions in Ukraine have worked much faster and inflicted much more damage on the Russian economy than anybody could have expected. The sanctions sought to deny Russian banks and companies access to the international capital markets. The increased damage is largely due to a sharp decline in the price of oil, without which the sanctions would have been much less effective. Russia needs oil prices to be around $100 a barrel in order to balance its budget. (It is now around $55 a barrel.) The combination of lower oil prices and sanctions has pushed Russia into a financial crisis that is by some measures already comparable to the one in 1998.