12:39 PM, Aug 26, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The BBC is reporting that:
A group of Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine had crossed the border "by accident", Russian military sources are quoted as saying. Ukraine said 10 paratroopers had been captured and has released video interviews of some of the men. One is quoted as saying "this is not our war”.
Maybe not, say the Ukrainians. But neither was it an “accident.” As a military spokesman put it:
"This wasn't a mistake, but a special mission they were carrying out."
9:04 AM, Aug 26, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Perm-36, also known as ITK-6, is the only intact facility remaining in Russia from the Soviet-era gulag system of political prisons and labor camps.
12:19 PM, Aug 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The various wars in the Middle East and the apparent re-involvement of the U.S. there have temporarily overshadowed tensions in Ukraine.
Under Putin, there’s less and less of it.Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By ELLEN BORK
At this writing, it seems that the hundreds of trucks sent by Moscow with supplies for the residents of Eastern Ukraine will be delivered without further incident. For over a week, the long convoy wended its way toward the Ukrainian border, carrying with it the prospect for a spike in tensions between Moscow and Kiev. Concerns over the trucks’ contents—were they humanitarian supplies, or was the convoy a Trojan Horse, filled with weapons and munitions?—have been resolved.
9:10 AM, Aug 14, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
As part of the U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine announced by the White House in April, the State Department awarded a $435,000 contract to B.K.
11:13 AM, Aug 5, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Sanctioned, but so far undeterred, Vladimir Putin is making the Russian presence felt on the Ukraine border. As Michael R.
3:19 PM, Jul 25, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
CNBC reports the U.S. ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute, is saying that
Russia has now amassed around 15,000 troops along the border with Ukraine ... a higher figure than one previously cited by the Pentagon.
With the men, comes material as
U.S. intelligence also indicates that Russia plans to soon provide heavier and more sophisticated weaponry to Ukrainian separatists, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday.
Aug 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Moments of clarity often come when you least expect them. In a speech to contributors last week in Seattle, Barack Obama made the case that his presidency has made America better. In most respects, it was precisely the kind of political pablum you’d expect from a president who seems more concerned with legacy-polishing than governing. He ticked off his accomplishments, a list that was equal parts premature celebration (deficit reduction), hyperbole (Obamacare), and borrowed glory (rising college attendance, a strong stock market, increased energy production).
8:36 AM, Jul 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The boss appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday and discussed the geopolitical fallout from the attack on the Malaysian airliner shot down by Russian-backed separatists over Ukrainian territory.
"Is the West going to be serious about dealing with Putin or not?" he asked. Watch the video below:
10:01 AM, Jul 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Vladimir Putin does not seem inclined to talk nice and patch things up with the West. To the contrary, he is drawing lines. They may, or may not, be “red." He seems confident enough not to need the modifier.
As Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports:
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:33 PM, Jul 21, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on Obama, Putin, Ukraine, Netanyahu, Hamas, and Israel.
3:15 PM, Jul 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
When nations start imposing sanctions and embargoes on each other, black markets and hoarding follow as light comes with dawn. Witness Cuban cigars, which never went away and became even more desirable, especially as a status item favored by international types who smoked them to demonstrate that they knew where, and how, to get them.
11:48 AM, Jul 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
President Barack Obama spoke on the White House lawn Monday morning about the downing of a Malaysian Airlines airplane flying over Ukraine last week by pro-Russian separatists there.