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James Sherr. Ukraine three years on: a basis for optimism

Three years ago, ‘little green men’ appeared in Crimea, a prelude to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea on 18 March 2014, and its so-called hybrid war in the Donbas. These developments are no longer a horrifying novelty but rather a wearisome and deceptively stable set of facts often overshadowed by others scarcely foreseen several years ago:

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Trump is sworn in, rockets fall on Ukraine – The Washington Post

Could it have been just a coincidence that Russian-backed forces in Ukraine launched their biggest offensive in months the day after Vladi­mir Putin spoke by phone with President Trump?

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Brexit and the Future of Europe

Britain, I believe, had the best of all possible deals with the European Union, being a member of the common market without belonging to the euro and having secured a number of other opt-outs from EU rules. And yet that was not enough to stop the United Kingdom’s electorate from voting to leave. Why?

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Czech and Slovak experts comment on Russian military aggression and occupation of Crimea

The Czech and Slovak intellectuals in an open letter to the Ukrainian people expressed their conviction that the Russian invaders would leave Crimea and Donbas and in the near future Ukraine would become a strong European state. The letter was sent in connection with the second anniversary of the beginning of military aggression and occupation of Crimea by Russia, Ukrinform reports.

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Self-sustaining Arcology Tower would bring urban agriculture to the heart of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world, and as a result, green space is often given the squeeze. As Inhabitat informs, London studio Weston Williamson recently unveiled the Arcology Tower, a proposal for a self-sustaining vertical neighborhood that provides a mix of residential, retail, and agricultural spaces.

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Ukraine’s Security Challenges and the Crisis of Global Order

Russia’s internal pathologies are creating a zone of instability in its periphery that could easily spread to the rest of the world. The war in Ukraine is entering a new stage. Although the shelling has stopped as of earlier this month, Russian troops in our country are attempting to implement Vladimir Putin’s strategy of undermining Ukraine’s independence and freedom.

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U.S. Told Ukraine to Stand Down as Putin Invaded

As Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces took over Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in early 2014, the interim Ukrainian government was debating whether or not to fight back against the “little green men” Russia had deployed. But the message from the Barack Obama administration was clear: avoid military confrontation with Moscow.

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Russia’s War on Ukraine’s Economy

WASHINGTON, DC – Ukraine’s economy may no longer be in free fall, but it remains in dire straits. The country’s GDP contracted by 6.8% last year, and is forecast to shrink by another 9% this year – a total loss of roughly 16% over two years. Ukraine’s primary economic challenges are not homegrown; they are the result of Russian aggression.

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The Surrealism of Realism: Misreading the War in Ukraine

Most general readers following events in Ukraine may not be aware that much of the debate and many of the policy prescriptions among “experts” have been dominated by a school of thought in international relations scholarship known as “realism.” In a nutshell, realists have argued that US policy toward the Russo-Ukrainian conflict should be driven by pragmatic American interests and by the realities of Russia’s regional great-power status—two propositions few would disagree with. … читать полностью

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