They came to Spain because the social and economical situation in Ukraine became complicated, but they could not have imagined that their country would become the centre of the conflict threatening to destabilise the entirety of Europe.
Pro-European: Yana Palatkina, 16 years old (9 in Spain)
“Before Maidan, I was ashamed of my country.”
“I ran away from home because I wanted to be on Maidan,” says this Odesa-born student, who has lived in Madrid with her mother for 9 years. When the protests started, Yana was on vacation in her mother city and she ran to Kyiv, the capital. “I left with my cousin. My parents knew nothing.” She confesses that before the revolution in Maidan, she was ashamed of her country. “I told everyone I was Russian. Today I would give every last drop of my blood to Ukraine. Ukrainian patriots like myself are not fascists. They have to inform themselves before talking and stop insulting us!” Continue reading →
Myroslav Marynovych, speaking at the ceremony of the Truman–Reagan Award, Washington DC, June 11, 2014
First of all let me thank once again, in your presence, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for awarding me the Truman–Reagan Medal of Freedom. It’s a true honor for me and for many of my fellow Ukrainians.
Let me further develop some ideas expressed during my earlier Acceptance speech.
As you already know, I had been a prisoner of conscience (as Amnesty International puts it), imprisoned from 1977 to 1987 for human rights activities in the former Soviet Union. The time in the Soviet GULAG happened to be the most difficult, but, at the same time, the most spiritually rewarding in my life. Continue reading →
It took dozens of years after World War II to make International law the instrument for maintaining peace wherever possible. International law does not foresee a mechanism of forced responsibility for a country for violating the upon rules as long as the country can survive independently from the rest of international community. It must be in the good will of the country to participate in negotiations. Continue reading →
Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President Elect of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko spent several minutes conversing before the official breakfast in the name of the French President Francois Hollande in the French town of Doville, reports “Dozhd” correspondent.
Brussels – The EU expects Russia to further remove its army from the border with Ukraine, to begin cooperation with the newly-elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and to use its influence on the separatists in the eastern regions of Ukraine for the de-escalation of the conflict. This message was put into a statement regarding Ukraine by the heads of states and governments of the European Union, affirmed at the informal summit in Brussels on May 27th. This is the first meeting on the highest level in the EU after the elections to the European Parliament and the presidential elections in Ukraine.
By Artem Bidenko: Political Scientist; Expert in Marketing Communications; Member of the Central Leadership Council of Ukrainian Platform
Aggression by the Russian Federation is limited not just to the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine. This has truly become an information war; as events get portrayed into the minds of the world community. Realizing the vagueness and weakness of its position,The Kremlin is desperately mobilizing all of its lobbying resources; to persuade various radical European organizations to support it. Continue reading →
Appeal of Ukrainian civil society to the EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Luxemburg tomorrow.
As EuromaydanSOS noted on 12 April 2014, Russia started its invasion of mainland Ukraine, in a clear parallel to developments in Crimea. See the statement here.
Please take it seriously that these attacks on administrative buildings in Eastern Ukraine are conducted by well trained, coordinated armed personnel – these are NO spontaneous protesters. This video from Kramatorsk (Donetsk Region), for instance, shows how a trained commando with automatic rifles tries to overwhelm a police station, later brings a group of about 50 mobsters that are seemingly supposed to overtake the police station.