Crimea

Russia May Be Threatening Ukraine Again, But Any Further Escalation for Them Would Be Counterproductive

Michael Day | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Day

Whether this is another case of sabre-rattling by the Russians or something more sinister, it remains the truth that an invasion of Ukraine would be so complex and costly it would tie up Russia for years, making any interference in the Baltic States by Putin to be quixotic to the extent that along with his involvement in Ukraine and Syria, it may prove instantly fatal to his regime.

The EU's Status as Europe's Peacekeeper Is an Insulting Myth

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Achieving ever-closer-union, as it foreshadowed, has been the driving force behind the gradual (and often forceful) assimilation of law, currency and culture across the European continent. To many, it seemed a wonderful way of enhancing international cooperation, and promoting both peace and unity.

Russian PM Blames West For Causing 'New Cold War'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK

The West is pushing Russia towards "a new Cold War" because of "unfriendly" policies, the country's prime minister has said. Tensions rose between ...

'No, Mr Bond, I Expect You To Dive...'

The HuffingtonPost UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK

Vladimir Putin hit peak SPECTRE on Tuesday, the Russian president pictured diving to the bottom of the Black Sea to explore wreck of a Byzantine tradi...

Putin: 'Only An Insane Person' Would Think We'd Attack Nato

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK

"Only an insane person" would believe Russia could attack Nato after it seized the Crimea from Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has said. The Russian presid...

Ukip Is Now Criticising The EU For Failing To Recognise Annexed Crimea

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics

During his time as Russian leader, Vladimir Putin has presided over a brutal war in Chechnya, encouraged the fracturing of South Ossetia from Georgia,...

Navigating the 'Arm Ukraine' Debate

Dr Rory Finnin | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Rory Finnin

There has been a lot of debate in the Western press over whether to supply Ukraine with defensive arms. How to make sense of all the editorialising? Which op-eds and columns should one take seriously? Consider the following questions:

America's Last Hope in the Caucasus

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

The past year has been a difficult year for the whole region. Cold War rhetoric returned to the former Soviet Union and was met with rejection and, at times, with fear. Azerbaijan was not different...

'Putin Doesn't Want To Annex Eastern Ukraine - He Told Me'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK

François Hollande has urged Western leaders to ease sanctions on Russia should progress be made during negotiations in Kazakhstan later this month. T...

Putin Hails Crimea's Historic 'Return Home' In New Year's Speech

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK

President Vladimir Putin has used his New Year's speech to hail Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula. He said Crimea's "return home" w...

Top News Stories Of 2014: UKIP, D-Day & Trolls

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK

The news never stops, that’s a given. But what we’re interested in is what makes you tick – what have you enjoyed reading the most? Well the...

Crimea's Drug Users in a Predicament

Dimiter Kenarov | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dimiter Kenarov

Sitting on his bed in a tiny hostel room in Kiev, Georgii Gaydamaka plays an acoustic guitar. His voice is powerful, boldly taking the highest notes, only to plunge into desperation a few moments later. He is 28 years old but his features look vulnerable, almost boyish.

Gorbachev Warns 'We May Not Survive Through These Years'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK

The US and Russia are preparing for “many long years of confrontation,” according to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Writing on Wednesd...

Transgender Crimea

Dimiter Kenarov | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Dimiter Kenarov

Pasha loved Crimea. He loved the sea, the sound of the crashing surf and the foam sizzling on the beach, the air tingling with salt. He loved the mountains dramatically jutting out of the verdant coast. When he looked at the landscape, he felt calm, all worries and problems melting away. This was the paradise he had sought his whole life, the place where he felt truly free and himself. But that paradise was now lost, perhaps forever...

A Crisis of Confidence - Can Our Government Be Trusted?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

There have been a rash of outrageous breaches of the public trust relating to national and international security including: Failure of the US Secret Service to protect the President and the First Family. Failure of the Dallas Hospital and federal, state and local officials to initially detect the first person in the US infected with ebola...

After Russia's Annexation of Crimea, a Nation Under Siege

Dr Rory Finnin | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Rory Finnin

They are not only subjecting a people traumatized by Stalinist violence to new threats and backdoor deportations. They are showing an implicit disdain for, and testing the limits of, a tradition of Muslim non-violence and political moderation that the world needs to support and understand today.

EU Sanctions: Necessary, Effective and Timely

David Lidington | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
David Lidington

This week the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political and diplomatic efforts to restore peace and stability.

What I Know About War in Ukraine

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

I'll tell you what I know about war in Ukraine, and life there. Some of you will scream "you are not there!" and that's right, I'm not in Ukraine but in France, and the war is not where I am but in Ukraine. However, as are all Ukrainians, I'm living this war too, even though I'm far away from it. It's like a long-distance relationship, and I know those very well.

Steven Seagal Visits Russian Arms Fair Following Controversial Concert In Crimea

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

Steven Seagal, erstwhile Hollywood mystic turned local law enforcement officer turned guitarist, has abutted a controversial performance of his Blues ...

Russian Military Vehicles Enter Ukraine As Aid Convoy Stops Near The Border

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK

As a controversial Russian convoy remains parked near Ukraine's border, two British reporters have claimed they have witnessed Russian military vehicl...

Let's Hope Russia's Nuclear Codes Are More Secure Than Medvedev's Twitter Password

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

It turns out Dmitry Medvedev isn't quitting. But he might want to change his Twitter password. A flurry of tweets from the official account of the ...

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

Not Lovin' It: McDonald's Becomes Latest Victim In US-Russia Tensions

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK

The opening of Russia’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow 24 years ago was seen as a powerful symbol of the end of the Cold War, and the ascen...

MH17 and Israeli Air Strikes: How the West Responds to Civilian Casualties

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

The continuing conflict between Israel and Palestine is complex, far-reaching and historically rooted. Even the most conscientious and politically active individual may find it difficult to maintain a comprehensive level of awareness. However, events like the crash of MH17 remind us that even our privileged position in a peaceful Western nation can't protect us entirely from the fall-out of foreign conflicts.

How Ukraine Can Begin to Move Forward

Mohammad Zahoor | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Mohammad Zahoor

I have always been non-partisan when it comes to politics in the Ukraine - where I have lived since I was 19 years old - but I think that to be neutral in today's situation is criminal. You have to say what you see and say what you think as the country faces it's most dangerous challenges since World War II.