So far, despite their clear economic effect, additional sanctions have done little to de-escalate the crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Much has happened over the past few months in Ukraine. One of the main events was the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine in July. This incident affected the relationship of the West with Russia, leading to additional sanctions imposed by the EU and the US […]
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Although some advances have been made, Ukraine still has a long path ahead of it before any meaningful stability will return to the country. Since Ukraine elected President Petro Poroshenko in May, progress has been made in the Ukraine-Russia crisis. On June 20 the new president revealed a peace plan composed of 15 points to de-escalate the situation between pro-Russian insurgents and the government in eastern Ukraine. These steps include, amongst others, the decentralization of […]
While the Russian intervention might have seemed extreme, the majority of Crimeans welcomed the move with many seeing the Russians as protectors from the chaos in Ukraine. On March 16, 2014, Crimeans voted to join Russia in a referendum that was supported by Russia and denounced as illegitimate by Western powers and Ukraine. The Ukrainian government said that the outcome of the referendum would not be recognized, with Oleksandr Turchynov, Ukraine’s interim president, labeling the referendum as […]