Blog Posts: Russia

UN Report: Escalation in Ukraine

The United Nations (UN) recently released a report drawing attention to escalating violence in Ukraine in violation of the Minsk agreement. There has been a marked surge in casualties that the UN Report attributes to an influx of Russian troops and heavy artillery. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the fighting started in April. Between December 1, 2014 and February 15, 2015, at least 1,012 people were killed and at least 3,793 were wounded in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine.

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Posted by Lauren F. Tonon on Sun. March 22, 2015 5:33 PM
Categories: European Union, Russia, Ukraine, United Nations

European Union Sanctions on Russia: Staying the Course

Russia’s activity in Ukraine is clearly illegal. Unless Russia makes a demonstrated effort to mitigate the conflict, the European Union must not end the sanctions. To do so would be tantamount to condoning Russia’s illegal behavior.

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Posted by Andrea L. Smith on Tue. January 27, 2015 12:55 PM
Categories: Russia, Ukraine, United Nations

Crimea is Only a Piece of a Much Larger Puzzle

Many of us who have been following the events unfolding in Ukraine for the past several weeks have experienced emotions ranging from apathy to horror. Regardless of the position of the rest of the international community, the Kremlin now says Ukraine’s Crimea region as a part of Russia. Many Ukrainians, including Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, are understandably outraged, calling the contrived annexation "a robbery on an international scale." Others throughout the world, including many Americans, are still asking questions akin to, “why does this matter?” To understand why it matters, we must attempt to understand the motivations of the autocrat pulling the strings, Vladimir Putin.

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1 Comment | Posted by Cory R. Busker on Thu. April 3, 2014 1:00 PM
Categories: Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin

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