A chance for Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation?

22. August 2016 by Michał Gulczyński & Ivan Kendzor

michal-gulczynskiivan-kendzorAlthough Poland is seen as the major ally of Ukraine in the European Union and the most engaged country in its democratisation process, relations between the two countries are not flawless. The massacres of Polish and Ukrainian civilians in Volyn in 1943 by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army left an unresolved black mark on the friendship between the two nations to this day.

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The destiny of Crimean Tatars after Crimea’s annexation in 2014

12. January 2016 by Ivan Kendzor

Ivan KendzorDuring the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation in March 2014, little attention was paid to the destiny of the 240,000 Tatars who inhabit the peninsula. The case of the Crimean Tatars is interesting, primarily because they are one of the few groups residing in Crimea who were in direct opposition to Putin’s regime and against the occupation. To better understand the origin and current state of conflicts between the Russian Federation and Tatars, it is necessary to take a short look back into history.

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The EU and Ukraine: a tango with fading passion?

Posted on 11. December 2015 by Zuzana Novakova This time two years ago, protesters occupied Kiev’s centre in dramatic style. 21 months ago Russia’s parliament approved the use of force in Ukraine to protect Russian interests, followed by the annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of a hybrid war in Eastern Ukraine. Now, 8000 dead … Continue reading The EU and Ukraine: a tango with fading passion?

All eyes on Ukraine? Slovakia’s troubled neighbour in light of regional elections

Posted on 27. October 2015 by Zuzana Novakova Ukraine’s regional elections on 25 October come within complex conditions, hardly imaginable some two years ago at the outbreak of the “Euromaidan” protests in Ukraine. Next Sunday’s vote catches the country conflict-torn and its population struggling amid socio-economic difficulties. The controversies surrounding the elections are indicative of much … Continue reading All eyes on Ukraine? Slovakia’s troubled neighbour in light of regional elections

Maidan – one year after

Posted on 08. January 2015 by Orest Franchuk (guets contribution) Kyiv, one year after the protests: Some of the Maidan-activists have taken the seats of those, whom they have managed to expulse from Parliament. I was there, in November 2013, when the students first took to the streets. I expected and hoped that when Maidan would … Continue reading Maidan – one year after