My last post on the current situation in Ukraine was exactly two months ago. On October 3rd I predicted that an all-out invasion of Ukraine (including use of air power by Russia against targets in Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk) was to occur before the Oct. 26 Parliamentary election. Thankfully, that … [Read more...] about Putin’s Vision of World Order – Thoughts from Kiev.
Putin needs to establish a land link between the Russian Federation and Crimea before the onset of winter. If he chooses not to create such a link, the population of Crimea will surely starve and freeze; this will cause Putin major problems at home in the spring, when hiding the humanitarian … [Read more...] about Ten Reasons Why Russia Could Invade Ukraine Before Winter – Thoughts from Kiev
Given that no one anywhere (including in Russia) seems to still believe the fairytale of Russia’s “non-involvement” in Ukraine, Putin may just decide to drop the pretense, and engage “the fascist evil” (as the Russian media refers to Ukraine) directly. [dropcap size=big]A[/dropcap] full six days … [Read more...] about The Minsk “cease fire” agreement and the calm before the storm.
"Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers." - Putin [dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]ast Saturday Putin issued a veiled threat to those in the West who might “threaten Russia’s … [Read more...] about Putin’s Reminder – “Russia is one of the leading nuclear powers.” (Thoughts from Kiev)
After the tragic downing of MH17 the phrase of the day in the western media became “game-changer”. Was this really such an earth-shattering event? Certainly it represented a turning point for politicians and policy-makers in western countries, but in reality, it meant little to the brave soldiers … [Read more...] about Flight MH17 and Pretexts by Putin – Thoughts from Kiev
Surviving the 2014 legislative reform: new management challenges for Ukraine’s universities [dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]n 1 July 2014 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted Bill 1187-2 – a new law “On Higher Education” for Ukraine. The bill was signed by President Poroshenko on July 31 (amid rumors … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Ukrainian Higher Education – Thoughts from Kiev