On September 28, one of the more interesting events in the Russia-Ukraine hostilities came to light as the Dutch Joint Investigation Team (JIT) released their findings on the MH17 plane crash. The report claimed that a Russian Buk missile was indeed used to take down the plane, fired from a field controlled by pro-Russian rebels. There is one vitally important question that still stands: what does this mean for the Putin administration?Read more
Both Russia’s Foreign and Defense Departments have stated that evidence was sourced from the Internet and Ukrainian security services, according to the Washington Post. “Thus the objectivity of the information, and the subsequent conclusions made on it, must summon doubt,” said Russian military spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.
So, is bias against Russia the main motivator in the outcome of the investigation? Is there a worldwide conspiracy to paint Russia as the bad guy, the ultimate villain?
As of now, Savchenko’s health is declining. According to Ukraine Today, Ukrainian consuls visited her in prison and reported her refusing nourishment, and having nausea and a low blood pressure. Savchenko insists on being examined only by non-Russian doctors.Read more
With this information now made public, Poroshenko is in a delicate situation. In addition to Yatsenyuk, the President has been also been criticized for his record on fighting corruption.Read more
BBC News has called this the “worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.”Read more
Human rights groups have strongly condemned Israel for its harsh immigration policy towards African asylum-seekers, citing hypocrisy between their immigration bans to non-Jews and the open, streamlined process of immigration of European Jews.Read more
Hollande commended a high-level meeting with his German, Russian, and Ukrainian counterparts. The meeting was held in September, prior to the inauguration of the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York City. “I’m not for the policy of attaining goals by making things worse,” Mr. Hollande expressed in an interview on France’s Inter Radio. “I think that sanctions must stop now.”Read more
More than 378,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org calling on President Putin to end the policy and redistribute confiscated food to the poor and needy throughout Russia, according to the Telegraph.Read more
On March 20, the Economist published a political cartoon depicting the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the current confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. The cartoon depicts NATO’s power during the Cold War as a movie line up staring super heroes: Brawn, Shield, Unity, and Projector.Read more
On February 10, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and United States President Barack Obama displayed their disagreement over Ukraine at a White House press conference. Chancellor Merkel, whose visit to Washington was only a quick stop while shuttling between Kiev and Moscow, emphasized that the European Union will continue focusing on diplomatic means to diffuse tensions between Russia and Ukraine.Read more