Ukraine

The fanciful claims of Russian propaganda amid Ukraine's crisis

 
As the threat of armed conflict hangs over Ukraine, Russian media outlets are firing the opening salvoes of a parallel propaganda war. But several reports have already raised eyebrows. We get to the bottom of three fanciful claims currently making the rounds. Read more...
 
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Militias form in Crimea, Ukraine’s Russian bastion

 
Although Kiev and the mainly pro-European regions in western Ukraine have returned to relative calm after the ousting of president Victor Yanukovich, tension is rising in the country’s east and in Crimea, where Russian influence is dominant. In Crimea, a highly strategic peninsula and the only majority Russian-speaking region in Ukraine, militia groups formed in the past few days appear determined to defy the new authorities in Kiev. Read more...

Rocks, sticks and AK-47s: The weapons of Ukraine’s protests

 
Clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces reached unprecedented levels of violence in the streets of Kiev Thursday. One one side, the authorities no longer hesitate to use snipers. On the other, more protesters are using makeshift weapons, and in some instances light firearms. Read more…
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In Kiev, 'titushki' thugs shoot live bullets at protesters

As fighting raged between Ukrainian security forces and protesters Tuesday night, “titushkis”, who are thugs for hire, were spotted causing trouble in Kiev. Two of our Observers saw them shooting live bullets at protesters. Read more…

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Mystery surrounds Ukraine’s ‘special forces’

 
A video showing several men dressed up in full combat gear refusing to explain who they are has stirred curiosity in Ukraine. These men are not wearing any known police or army insignia, which has led to rumours swirling about their identity. Read more…
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Why protests are growing in eastern Ukraine

 
Anti-government protests in Ukraine’s east, which has traditionally had close ties to Russia, spread rapidly over the weekend, with demonstrators attempting to seize government buildings in several cities. Activists in two of these cities explain how this happened. Read more...

Are 'agent provocateurs' infiltrating Ukraine’s protest movement?

 
Since anti-government protests first broke out in Kiev, social media networks have been awash with rumours that so-called 'agent provocateurs' are provoking disorder in order to tarnish the image of the protest movement. Several amateur videos and photos appear to indicate that these individuals are linked to Ukraine's ruling party. Read more...
 

Ukraine's 'Europe vs Russia' debate gets heated online

Will they or won’t they? Ukrainian leaders have gone back and forth on whether or not they will sign a historic free trade deal with the European Union at a summit on Thursday. On one side, Russia is strongly pressuring them not to; on the other, thousands of Ukrainians have demonstrated in favour of the agreement. The protest is also raging online, where many depict this as a choice between two paths – one day (hopefully) joining the European Union, or staying in the shadow of their former master Russia. Read more...

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