Ukraine


Violence Persists In Ukraine As Promised Summit Likely Cancelled

On February 10th, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko said he does not see any preparation taking place for a highly anticipated summit regarding the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. This comes just two months after Ukrainian and Russian officials, accompanied by delegates from France and Germany, met in […]


Iran Air Crash: A Heavy Price To Conflicts Between The U.S. and Iran

After a booming crash, PS752, a passenger plane of Ukraine International Airliners, fixed its flight forever on January 8, together with 176 innocent souls, including newlyweds, families of four, foreign students, and gentle crew. Three days later, under the pressure of clear evidence, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the […]


Iran Admits To Shooting Down Airplane Killing 176 People

Iran has admitted to shooting down a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 people near Tehran this week. The attack took place amid the escalating tensions between Iran and the United States that took both countries to the brink of war. The plane crashed just hours after the Islamic […]


Waning U.S. Power: The Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

With the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline expected later this year, the United States has decided to impose sanctions against the commercial European and Russian companies which are currently involved in its construction. Nord Stream 2 is an underwater pipeline currently being constructed in the Baltic Sea, which […]


Putin And Xi Oversee Launch Of Landmark Russian Gas Pipeline To China

On December 2nd, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping  oversaw the launch of the 3,000 km-long ‘Power of Siberia’ landmark pipeline which will transport natural gas from the Chayandinskoye and Kovykta fields in Eastern Siberia to Northeastern China. The pipeline, operated in part by Russian company […]


Ukrainian And Russian Attempts At Peace In The Donbass Region 3

In a conflict where new ceasefires are broken within minutes, recent peace talks between Ukraine and Russia – one of the many – seemed overly pessimistic. However, since initiating these peace talks in August 2019, both parties have made significant efforts in reducing conflict in the Donbass region of Eastern […]


The Russian-Ukrainian War And Its Global Implications

On Thursday, July 25, Donald Trump President of the United States engaged in a worrisome phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the recently elected President of Ukraine. Formalities dwindled as the conversation progressed, ending with a blunt proposal from the President of the United States. The transcripts of that phone call […]


Ukrainian Presidential Election: Zelensky Leads Incumbent Poroshenko

Exit polls that were taken during the first-round of the Ukrainian presidential election on March 31st indicate that comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has gained a sizeable lead over President Petro Poroshenko. Although there have been several reports of electoral violations by the Ukrainian interior ministry, international observer organizations stationed in the […]


US, Canada, And EU Announce New Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine

The United States (US), Canada, and the European Union (EU) have imposed new sanctions on more than a dozen Russian officials and entities accused of supporting Russia’s occupation of Crimea. On Friday the US Treasury Department announced fresh sanctions against six Russian officials, six defense firms, and two construction firms […]


Ukraine Begins Impeachment Process

Members of the Ukrainian Parliament have begun the process to impeach President Petro Poroshenko after a media report was released linking him to a corruption scandal in which the president’s friends and high-ranking defense officials allegedly stole millions from the country’s military industry by receiving kickbacks for smuggling spare military […]


With Ukraine Continuing to Move West, Tensions with Russia Likely to Escalate

This week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed constitutional amendments setting Ukraine’s national objectives to join the EU and NATO by 2023. These long-term objectives are symbolic as the amendments do not move Ukraine closer to membership but commit the country towards both. To be considered for membership, the EU insists […]


Top UN Official Claims Ukraine Peace Negotiations Are Faltering

Earlier this week, Assistant Secretary-General Miroslav Jenca spoke before the UN Security Council and stated that negotiations “appear to have lost momentum,” referring to unwillingness from both Russian and Ukrainian delegations. Jenca went on to say that “there is an urgent need to agree on the additional measures that would […]


How An Independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church Could Have Geopolitical Ramifications 1

In October, Eastern Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Bartholomew I declared the Ukrainian Church’s independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. The Istanbul-based leader, considered “first amongst equals,” granted the Ukrainian Church a “Tomos of Autocephaly,” which allows the Ukrainian Church full independence. This has resulted in the largest schism in the […]


What Does The Boat Seizure Saga Mean For Relations Between Russia And Ukraine?

On 25 November, two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug were fired upon and seized by Russian vessels, after Russian authorities implicated that the Ukrainian ships had illegally crossed into its waters. The ships were attempting to sail from Odessa to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov, but were blocked from […]