Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet
With tensions rising, Putin appears to want to scrap Minsk 2 and work out a plan for Ukraine directly with the West, without Kyiv present at the talks.
Crisis in Ukraine Ukraine’s Dire Financial Straits
Ukraine’s cash reserves are running very low, and one prominent economist cautions it not to waste that money on insolvent banks and gas bills in arrears to Moscow, no matter how much doing so will hurt.
The Dangerous Mr. Putin
The problem with “accommodating” Russia in Ukraine is that Vladimir Putin’s goal is sowing chaos as part of a plan to hold on to power in the Kremlin.
Finlandization Is Not a Solution for Ukraine
The term “Finlandization” is making a comeback as a proposed remedy for Ukraine’s delicate position between East and West. A look back at Finland’s postwar experience shows us why this is a bad idea.
Blurred Lines Between War and Peace
Ukraine, Russia, and the West all have their own reasons for not calling the ongoing conflict a war, just as they all have different views of what would constitute an acceptable peace.
Crisis in Ukraine Ukraine Says Its Troops Closed Off Russian Border
Ukraine has announced that its troops have taken control of the whole Russian border, and Poroshenko has outlined his plan for peace. Meanwhile, more Russian troops are massing along the border.
Crisis in Ukraine Putin's Tightrope Dance
If Kiev’s forces continue to retake the border, Putin will have to choose between increasing military support or watching Ukraine wear the rebels down. If he ups his support, he risks incurring painful sanctions from the West, but if the rebels lose, he’ll suffer a blow to his prestige at home.
The End of Russia’s Isolation
The United States needs to step up its aid to Ukraine, and impose more sanctions on Putin’s regime—and it needs to do so with or without Europe.
The President’s recent remarks at West Point show that he doesn’t understand the rules of the game he’s playing with Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.