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Why we should write about the Crimean Tatars

Russian authorities’ detentions of Crimean Tatars continue. But as the annexation becomes the new normal for international audiences, how can the press raise awareness of the community’s plight?

Death by disdain: the fate of drug users in Russian-occupied territories

With replacement therapy now illegal, drug users in Russian-occupied Crimea and the self-proclaimed republics of the Donbas are finding it hard to survive. RU

Beyond the scandal: what is Ukraine’s new education law really about?

After three years of discussion, Ukraine has adopted a new framework law on education. It’s only caused more debate. RU

Grift, graft, and the Saakashvili show

Anti-corruption intrigue and opposition fanfare are leaving Ukrainians and the west disillusioned with Poroshenko’s politics.

“100 Crimean Tatar kids who lost their fathers”

More than a dozen men disappeared without a trace during Russia's annexation of Crimea. Their families are still waiting for news — and justice.

Explaining the coup in Luhansk

This week, armed men occupied administrative buildings in the “Luhansk People’s Republic” and the territory’s separatist leader fled to Moscow. What does this herald for the conflict in eastern Ukraine?

A birthday in the Urals

Oleksandr Kolchenko, a Crimean anarchist, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence in Russia. There’s much to learn from his activism. 

Letter from the Crimean border

In southern Ukraine, Crimean Tatars from displacements past and present are building a life for themselves.

Демократия в зоне турбулентности

Олигархический статус-кво вновь набирает силу в Украине, международные партнеры страны вынуждены выступить в защиту демократии. English

 

Defending Ukraine’s revolution against Ukraine’s leaders

Leshchenko.pngAs Ukraine’s oligarchic status quo re-asserts its power, the country’s international partners need to step up their support for democracy. RU

 

“Ukraine’s veterans don’t need sympathy, they need dignity”

Ukraine needs a public conversation about its veterans.

“I’ll definitely go back to Crimea”

Ilmi Umerov, a veteran Crimean Tatar activist, was recently released from Russian custody after facing “separatism” charges. I spoke to him about repressions in Crimea, his plans and the future of the occupied peninsula. RU

Ukraine’s opposition protest: not quite a Maidan, not yet a movement

As the opposition splinters, the line between protest and destabilisation grows thinner in Ukrainian minds.

Peace-building versus human rights in Ukraine’s Donbas

13654189_1762518223963655_138236124276395719_n.jpgDiplomatic games are being played in and around Ukraine. But officially recognising a Russian invasion is the only way toward peace. RU

 

Vesti: Weapon or casualty in the information war?

The search for Russian influence in Ukraine’s media is an important task. But when the mainstream makes little space for inconvenient facts, who ends up losing?

No way out for bloggers in Ukraine’s Donbas

In Ukraine’s occupied Donbas region, bloggers — some of the only reliable sources of information left — are feeling the pressure from all sides. RU

 

“I’m not afraid to say” that something’s changing in Ukraine

Last summer, Anastasiya Melnychenko used a single hashtag to start an entire campaign against rape. How is it faring today? RU, Українська

What is the meaning of journalism in Ukraine today?

13631576_10210200367591722_204667795520323865_n.jpgUkraine’s journalists are often told we need to react in kind to information warfare. But let’s not forget what we can do to de-intensify this conflict.

 

Eastern Ukraine: “We need new ways of organising”

Amid military conflict and industrial collapse in eastern Ukraine, activists are feeling their way towards new models of worker organisation. 

Growing up apolitical in Ukraine’s war zone

War, propaganda and misunderstanding — teenagers in Ukraine’s frontline towns are growing up under incredible stress. Українська

Donbas: “We’re used to the shelling”

The situation in Ukraine's Donbas is tense as ever. While politicians play at diplomacy, civilians spend their lives under artillery bombardment, walking along blown-up roads and burying family members killed by tripwires. RU

New US sanctions bill on Russia threatens to further erode Minsk agreement

The diplomatic spat over new US Russia sanctions risks eroding a common US-EU position on Ukraine conflict.

Little Russia, big dreams

The “Donetsk People’s Republic” has declared itself part of another union — Malorossiya. Is it a serious project, or just a pointed gesture? 

Kyiv’s leadership is on its way to reinvent Ukraine’s patronalistic regime

Ukraine’s clan networks are re-asserting their power again. Western partners need to think carefully about whom to support and how. 

Reconstructing the power vertical: the authoritarian threat in Ukraine

Subverting the fight against corruption, whipping up patriotic publics and coopting the media and judiciary — this is the face of authoritarian drift in Ukraine.

Disconnected society: how the war in the Donbas has affected Ukraine

People displaced by the war in eastern Ukraine need a community to represent their interests — any community. Why is that proving so difficult? RU

Pro-Ukrainian blogger disappears in separatist-controlled area of eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian blogger working inside the so-called Donetsk People's Republic went missing on 2 June. If the separatist authorities know his location, they should speak out. 

Liberal democracy: a hard choice for Ukraine

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Ukrainian society’s faith in simple answers could lead to the erosion of basic freedoms. RU

 

 

Europa z second handu: Ukraińcy w Polsce

Ukraińców pracujących w Polsce jest już ponad milion. Ich liczba ciągle rośnie mimo wzrostu ksenofobicznych nastrojów. English, Русский

Terms and conditions apply: Georgia and Ukraine’s visa-free victory

The EU’s extension of visa-free regimes eastwards is more about managing migration flows than European values. Deutsch

Second-hand Europe: Ukrainian immigrants in Poland

There are already over a million Ukrainians working in Poland. Despite a rise in xenophobic attitudes, their number could grow. Русский, Polski

A controversial law takes aim at Ukraine’s anti-corruption NGOs

New moves to make the work of Ukraine’s NGOs “transparent” only highlights how the fight against corruption is being undermined. 

Down and out in Crimea

Three years after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, social inequality is on the rise across the peninsula – and it seems that honest work doesn’t pay. Русский

Meet the women at the centre of Ukraine’s resurgent HIV epidemic

Living with HIV in Ukraine is fraught with stigma and discrimination. It’s even harder if you’re a woman.

Death by Crimea

As long as Russia holds on to the Ukrainian peninsula, it will not and cannot change for the better. Русский

 

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