The Ukrainian President Poroshenko issued his declaration of income. Feel free to have a look at the figures.
Bessarabia is a historical region, a former puffer zone of the Russian, Austrian and Ottoman empires. It’s boundaries lay mainly in today’s Moldavia (including Transnistria) and to a smaller part in the south of Ukraine (see Wikipedia). There are attempts to revitalize Bessarabia, rather for political reasons than out of nostalgia.
So. This entry is rather personal, at the same time it might be pretty much exemplary for the situation in Ukraine.
Odessa is hit by a series of bomb blasts, targeting mainly objects of the public sphere such as banks, shops or activists’ offices. Also strategically important objects as rails or a ATO recruitment centre were hit. The pace is increasing since December, feeding concerns over a wider destabilization of the south-eastern region.
On 15 March, Chinese PM Li Keqiang made some remarks on China’s position on the issue of Ukraine and Crimea. In short: China respects Ukraine’s sovereignity and territorial integrity but takes no position on the status of Crimea.
Stratfor recently simulated scenarios of military offensives of the Russian Federation (RF) in Ukraine. Results, numbers and notes.
On Tuesday, Feb 24, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) issued a decree, restricting capital transactions from Feb 25 – 27. It says that banks are not allowed to buy foreign currencies for their clients.
One year after Maidan, activist Igor Procenko talks about war, fights between oligarchs, war as an excuse for the lack reforms and Putin.
Reported violations related to freedom of press doubled since 2013, violations of the category ‘assault’ nearly tripled, attacks on editorial offices in 2014 where almost eight times higher than in 2013.
Debaltseve connects the railways between Donetsk-Luhansk and to the east. Controlling Debaltseve would allow Russian backed militias faster transportation (troops, equipment, coal), therefore it is the key for territorial and economic consolidation of DNR/LNR.