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Something very bad happens when some unknown perpetrators start to set the tone of a political game. During the uprising in Maidan these unknown perpetrates were kidnaping, torturing and detaining supporters of the riots. Yanukovych authority was then against the protesters and the unknown perpetrators were acting in its interest. Although people of the impeached… » read more

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Crimea’s takeover by Russia made some politicians think the following: If they (Russia) behave the same way as during the Cold War or even worse, let us isolate ourselves from them. Let us deploy the army on the Ukrainian-Russian border, let us impose sanctions on them – sanctions that would not bother us. And finally,… » read more

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First own goals

Winners of the revolution in Kiev sometimes behave as if they did not understand how complex and delicate their position is. Those, who wish them well, suffer the most when they see another own goals shot by them. Yesterday’s behaviour of a deputy from Svoboda in a public television was simply obnoxious and stupid. A… » read more

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The coming years or even decades will probably be described as something similar to ‘cold peace’. 18 March 2014 will become a symbolic date of new era. Surrounded by Russian elite, Vladimir Putin signed its foundations. Russia is de facto withdrawing from all agreements which resulted in Euro-Asian order after the fall of Iron Curtain… » read more

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Russian will play “Ukrainian game” on multiple fronts simultaneously. Using an old technique – 3 steps forward and half step back – they want to create fait accompli to get their way. Military area Not even one shot was fired but Crimea is de facto occupied. Some people, well-armoured, without bars on their uniforms, appeared… » read more

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I would like to recommend to you an article by the Members of the Board of Yalta European Strategy (YES) calling upon Russia and the European Union to „support harmonious economic development of Ukraine”. Marek Siwiec Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the largest social institution of public diplomacy in Eastern Europe, providing an open and… » read more

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I ma trying no to compare Ukraine 2014 and Poland 1989. Different times, different geopolitics and different people. I must admit, however, that there are some similarities. The following months in Ukraine might resemble the times of Tadeusz Mazowiecki’s governance in Poland: there was a majority in Sejm, frightened opposition from former Polish United Worker’s… » read more

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Day after

For the last several hours I have been trying to settle up my thoughts about what is happening in Ukraine. I would like to share a few remarks which will hopefully help readers understand the situation in our neighbouring country. The agreement entered into by Sikorski- Steinmeier- Yanukovych- Yatseniuk- Klitschko- Tiahnybok on Friday initiated “a… » read more

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Recent images of Kiev may be grounds for some optimism, however, they might be compared to one swallow which, as we know, does not make a summer. “Divisions” of the Right Sector left the building of the mayor’s office and the barricade at Hruszewskiego street won a hatch (or hole), through which there is a… » read more

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Maidan fortress

Nighttime, snow falling from the sky and frost create a special atmosphere when a “revolution” is going on. Yesterday, late evening after meetings with Vitali Klitschko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Grigoriy Niemiria and Ruslan Kashulinsky we went to Maidan. Our host was a commander of the “fortress” – Andriey Parubi. Indeed, Maidan looks like a fortress. Numbered… » read more

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