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G8 Redux? The Case For Bringing Russia Back On Board

-OpEd- MILAN — Whether the West likes it or not, an old question has returned on the global stage: whether or not to reconstitute the former G8 by inviting Russia back in. The decision rests ...

Ukraine

In War-Torn Donbass, Ukrainians Of Polish Origin Beg Warsaw For Help

WARSAW — More than 60 Ukrainians of Polish descent in the breakaway region of Donbass have asked Poland if they could be evacuated there, a request Warsaw has refused. Instead, it offered a modest ...

Ukraine

Russia's Other War, On The Front Lines In Eastern Ukraine

Despite two peace agreements signed by Kiev and Moscow, fighting rages on along Ukraine's...

Ukraine

In Kiev, European Doubts And Wishful Thinking

KIEV — In real life, Nadiya Savchenko's eyes are neither large nor blue. But on welcome posters splashed across Kiev Airport recently with the slogan #freesavchenko, the ...

Ukraine

How A FARC Loyalist Became A Pro-Russian Rebel Fighting In Ukraine

The unlikely tale of how a young Colombian's communist convictions led him to leave his f...

Ukraine

Goodbye Lenin: In Eastern Ukraine, The Mysterious Demise Of A Russian Symbol

Under cover of darkness, right-wing militias felled a massive Lenin statue in Sloviansk. Now ther...

Russia

The Ebb And Flow Of Russia's Ultra-Nationalist Novorossiya Project

MOSCOW — Alexander Prokhanov loves to play the bad guy. But he's no character actor. He is editor-in-chief, since its founding in 1993, of Zavtra (Tomorrow), a Russian ...

Italy

How Italy Is Quietly Trying To Break Russia's Isolation

Italian PM Matteo Renzi has obtained Washington's blessing to pursue its own dialogue wit...

Russia

The Russian Heartland, Where Quiet Poverty And Denial Reign

Far from the murders and intrigue swirling at the Kremlin, or the war rumbling in Ukraine, most o...

Ukraine

The Mysterious Air Force Of Ukraine's Pro-Russian Separatists

A new ceasefire, which has not been fully observed, should be in effect in eastern Ukraine. But t...

Ukraine

Brothers Divided, Iconic Ukrainian Miners Torn By War

While Ukraine combat continues despite peace efforts, the Donbass region's famously rugged c...

France

After Minsk: Can The French-German Alliance Heal A Sick Europe?

The Ukraine ceasefire reached in Minsk represents a major diplomatic success for Francois Holland...

Russia

The Infectious Poison Of Russia's Anti-Ukraine Propaganda

-OpEd- MOSCOW — The dials of the propaganda machine were never properly calibrated. Instead of talking about fighting Ukrainian nationalists, ...

Ukraine

Hard Landing In Kiev For Internal Refugees Of Ukraine

Fleeing war in eastern Ukraine's Donbas, and even Crimea, some Ukrainians are finding life d...

Russia

Putin Would Risk Everything In A War With Ukraine

-OpEd- BERLIN — As German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz once wrote, the aggressor is always peace-loving. He ...

Ukraine

Identifying The Dead In Ukraine's Simmering War

DNIPROPETROVSK – Last week, in this central Ukrainian city, a public farewell was bid to 21 soldiers, even if their names were never determined. The coffins, draped ...

Ukraine

With A Far-Right Band Of Frenchmen Fighting In Ukraine

Driven by the belief that Russia is the last bastion against liberal globalization, a small band ...

Russia

Putin's Ace In The Hole: A Divided West

The Russian President is again one step ahead of the U.S. and Europe, and many have begun to wond...

Russia

For Russian Fighters, Ukraine Is Very Different Than Chechen And Afghan Wars

Motivations and expectations of Russian volunteers in Eastern Ukraine are nothing like those who ...

Ukraine

The West's Collective Angst About Ukraine's Crisis-Zone Nuclear Reactors

BERLIN — For many in Ukraine the city of Enerhodar is known simply as "Atomic City." It was founded a couple of decades ago to accommodate a power station, and ...

Russia

Belarus: Even Allies Start To Fear Moscow's Ambitions

Though Belarus is part of a Customs Union with Russia and Kazakhstan, it is cooling towa...

Ukraine

In Ukraine, When Professors Reach For Kalashnikovs

It isn't just the Ukrainian military defending the country against pro-Russian militias in e...