Category Archives: Ukraine

Ukraine | Background to the present Russia – Ukraine crisis

By Phil Wilayto

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have risen sharply following the Nov. 25 seizure of two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug and the detention of 24 Ukrainian sailors by vessels of the Russian Border Guard. The incident took place as the vessels were attempting to pass from the Black Sea through the narrow Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, a shallow body of water bounded by Ukraine to the northwest and Russia to the southeast. After the incident, Russia blocked some additional naval traffic through the strait.

Ukraine | Interview with Vasiliy Volga, the leader of the Ukrainian Union of Left Forces

Introduction by Halyna Mokrushyna

Vasiliy Volga is a veteran of Ukrainian politics and the leader of the Ukrainian party Union of Left Forces. He founded the Union in 2007 after leaving the Socialist Party of Ukraine which, because of internal squabbles, was not able to secure seats in the Verkhovna Rada in the 2007 parliamentary elections. Volga’s position as an active critic of the current Ukrainian political regime based on right-wing nationalism places him under the close surveillance by security services. Very recently, on November 6, his home was searched and he himself was summoned for an interrogation to the office of the Security Service of Ukraine where he was presented with phony, groundless accusations. Vasiliy Volga also receives threats from the extreme right ‘patriots’ of Ukraine. It takes courage to take a leftist, anti-nationalist stance in the stiffing political atmosphere of the post-Euromaidan Ukraine where hundreds of political opponents of the Poroshenko regime have been imprisoned or intimidated. Vasiliy Volga certainly has this courage.

Ukraine | Prosecutor General and Rule of Law in Ukraine

Since the end of November, martial law has been in force in Ukraine. At this time, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko visited Odessa, which is disloyal to the Kiev regime. The visit took place on December 4th and was accompanied by strange actions and shocking statements.

Police Detain Six Ukrainians, One Georgian on Arms Possession Charges

Six Ukrainians and one Georgian citizen were apprehended in Tbilisi on charges of illegal arms possession, the Interior Ministry reported on December 2.

The Interior Ministry said it seized two handguns, one handmade rifle and “other types of weaponry” from the detainees’ hotel rooms.

Ukraine | Ukraine’s Pinochet Scenario

by Nicolai N. Petro

At first glance, Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian warships that attempted to enter the Sea of Azov seems to follow a familiar pattern of aggression aimed at solidifying control over the annexed Crimean peninsula. Upon closer inspection, however, there is much more going on here than a dispute over transit rights.