Posts Tagged ‘Donbass’

  1. A little too late


    November 24, 2016 by AK

    They should have done it in 2014: Lawmakers [MEPs] voted on November 23 in favor of a motion condemning Russian state media outlets like the television channel RT and the news agency Sputnik for disseminating “absolutely fake” news. They said the Kremlin was using “a wide range of tools and instruments”, including think tanks, multilingual …
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  2. 9,000 dead in Donbass


    December 9, 2015 by AK

    The UN’s latest casualty count for Ukraine: A report from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said 9,098 people including combatants and civilians have died in the conflict since April last year… More than 20,000 have been injured… Suppose for a moment that, as Moscow has claimed, a fascist nationalist junta seized power …
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  3. “Worldview factors”


    April 7, 2015 by AK

    Paul Goble has summarized a piece by the Ukrainian journalist Bogdan Butkevich, 10 Reasons Why the Donbass Will Not Become Ulster. I’ve been saying some of these things here and elsewhere but a Ukrainian perspective is more valuable. Some quotes – first, on the recency of settlement: Until the mid-19th century, “this territory was practically empty.” It acquired …
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  4. An open secret 2


    March 3, 2015 by AK

    Kommersant‘s February dispatches from Donbass mentioned “Buryats,” apparently Russian servicemen from the republic of Buryatia. Yesterday, Novaya Gazeta published an interview with a young man, apparently an ethnic Buryat from Chita, wounded in a tank fight against the Ukrainian army. The Interpreter has a summary of the interview with some explanations. At a gut feeling …
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  5. Succor from the (South-)East


    May 25, 2014 by AK

    Judging by the photographs I have seen on Twitter in the past day, it is no longer a secret that armed servicemen from the so-called Battalion Vostok (“East”) are present on the ground in Donetsk and its environs. Vostok became (in)famous for fighting and looting during the Russo-Georgian war of 2008. It is so named because fighters …
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